Bonneville is one of those movies that you will want to go and watch with a good friend. These three women are a great picture of how valuable close friendship can be in times of tragedy. You will watch as our main character struggles with the death of her husband of twenty years. You will cry with her as she grieves and laugh till you cry as her friends use humour to relieve her pain. These three ladies illustrate what true friendship really looks like. The laughter, the tears, the fights and the years of good times draw you together. Watch as Arvilla (Jessica Lange) struggles with the loss of her husband, and deals with a not so nice daughter in-law. Francine (Christine Baranski) is the daughter in law nobody wants when they have just suffered a loss. She is threatening to take the house from her if she doesn’t give her father’s ashes to her to bury next to her mother. Arvilla’s husband had never gotten around to changing the will but had told her he wanted to be scattered across the land he loved so much. This is where the dilemma comes for Arvilla, does she keep the promise made to her husband or keep the house where they have made a home together.
Friends: Fun loving Margene (Kathy Bates) and Homebody Carol (Joan Allen) come to the rescue and offer to go with Arvilla to take her husbands ashes to California. The plans are to fly but along the way they get a bit sidetracked with seeing the sights, miss there flight, and decide to drive the Classic Red ’66 Bonneville to California instead. One of the many people they meet along the way is a young man hitchhiking to find the father he has never met, this was a promise to his mother before she died 9 years earlier. This is enough to make Arvilla question her decision to take her husbands ashes to be buried. As she revisits all the places they had traveled on their honeymoon she realizes what she must do… let go of not only her fears but her husband as well.
So let your hair down as they put the top down and be prepared to take a ride with these three women that will leave you thankful for great friendships and challenged to keep the promises we make no matter how hard that might be.
Reviewed by: Rebecca Bowlin.
Duration: 93 mins.
Genre: Comedy, Drama.
Actors: Joan Allen, Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange.
Director: Christopher N. Rowley.
Release Date: 27-03-2008.