Arvilla returns home from collecting her recently deceased husbands ashes only to be confronted by her uptight step daughter demanding the ashes be taken back to her home town to be scattered else Arvilla's home, left to the daughter in her husbands will, will be sold. The widow refuses to go down without a fight & sets off across the countryside with her 2 pals, uptight Mormon Carol,(Joan Allen), & free wheeling Margene,(Kathy Bates),.
They meet a few mildly interesting characters along the way,(Tom Skerritt as truck driver Emmett who takes a shine to Margene), & a young hitchhiker.
One or two very unscary scrapes are gotten through and they eventually make their way to the step daughter's memorial service for her dad.
No big deal & certainly no classic this inevitably bumps a little too close to 'Thelma & Louise' from time to time but this isn't really a watered down version of that admittedly superior film. What this does is let the viewer spend a rather pleasant 90 minutes or so with 3 likeable characters being ably played by 3 stalwarts of dependable acting. During that time some of the South-East American countryside is shown to beautiful effect & before long it all just emits a mellow vibe and you find yourself happy to go along for the ride.
Not perhaps likely to linger long in the memory yet simple & easily digested this is spot on for an escape from reality with very little danger of any offense. The pace is just right & it is nice to not see everything neccessarily sorted by the end & a running time that is all the better for being short.
The picture can be a little grainy at times and there is little use for 5.1 but it's clear & easily followed dialogue is well centered.
If you fancy a night in with an affable, undemanding chick/ road flick then you could do worse than spend a little time with these 3 rather sweet characters bumbling across the countryside in an old '66 Bonneville convertible.