STARS Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman, Ellen Wong.

Director: Lina Roessler
Produced by: Arielle Elwes; Cassian Elwes; Pierre Even; Wayne Marc Godfrey; Jonathan Vanger
Release date: 25 November 2021 (Australia)

Lucy Stanbridge has inherited her father’s publishing house, but the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing titles. She discovers she is owed a book by Harris Shaw, a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map decades earlier. In a last-ditch effort to save it, Lucy and Harris release his new book and embark on a tour from hell that changes them both in ways they didn’t expect.

The performance of Caine is without a doubt great as he does portray a cranky old man and he gets some great one-liners to share with Plaza who plays Lucy who is a great match here on the screen. The film does have some awkward moments that can be a bit predictable, that does tire out but it is worth going the distance as it concludes and shows and builds a deep emotional story.

3 stars

Caroline Russo

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