‘Wine Country’ Is Just Terrible, And The Inside Jokes Might Be Why

The Federalist | 5/17/2019 | Emily Jashinsky
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Watching the film is like being on the outside of an inside joke for 90-plus minutes—and not a good one, but the kind where everyone involved is in self-satisfied stitches while everyone else is just annoyed. With a cast that includes hilarious, close-knit “Saturday Night Live” alumni like Amy Poehler (who also produced and directed), Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, and Ana Gasteyer, expectations for “Wine Country” were reasonably high. They are not met.

The writing is terrible. I don’t know how else to put it. The jokes are not funny. There’s a genuinely good bit involving Fran Drescher somewhere in the middle of the film, Jason Schwartzman has his moments, and Tina Fey’s character is amusing, but for the most part, “Wine Country” doesn’t kick up many laughs, and not for lack of trying. (The recurring “Things we say now” joke is painful.) Imagine a movie made only from the bad parts of “Bridesmaids” and “Sisters,” and you pretty much have “Wine Country.”

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It’s hard to say what went wrong. Paula Pell and Emily Spivey join Poehler, Rudolph, Dratch, and Gasteyer in the core cast. Spivey co-wrote the script with Liz Cackowski—both former “SNL” writers—based on a...
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