Three women take a road trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter. Faced with the decision of a lifetime, Arvilla Holden hijacks her two best friends and sets off in a vintage '66 Bonneville convertible.
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Three Hollywood veterans star in BONNEVILLE Ã¢â‚¬â€œ JESSICA LANGE, KATHY BATES and JOAN ALLEN.
LANGE plays recently widowed Arvilla who has to make the difficult choice between letting her stepdaughter, (CHRISTINE BARANKSI), bury her late husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ashes beside his first wife or scattering them as he said he wanted. The price is the house she and her husband lived in.
Her friends Margene and Carol insist she hand over the ashes rather than lose the house so the three take off from Idaho in ArvillaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1966 Pontiac Bonneville to deliver the urn to the memorial service in Santa Barbara.
This is very much a middle-of-the road movie. Not too many surprises, although the fact that the three are Mormons brings a slightly interesting dimension.
Tom Skerrit, who plays a truck driver they meet on the road and who ends up romancing Margene, looks embarrassed. And he should. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an awful subplot.
The director was Christopher N Rowley making his debut from a story he developed with screenwriter Daniel D. Davis. Why do they have to put their middle initial in the credits?
These three fine performers deserve better material than this although all put on a brave face.