"Indie Bill Murray Comedy Drama Marred by Some Negative Content"
What You Need To Know:
ON THE ROCKS is an entertaining, well-directed comedy drama with good performances, including by Bill Murray, who plays the quirky father. At the heart of the movie, family, pursuing the truth and fidelity, reign supreme. However, one scene implies that two women are physically involved. Also, some of Bill Murray’s dry humor includes worldview comments. For instance, he makes a comment about how women have “evolved” physically. ON THE ROCKS has some foul language and dialogue about illicit affairs. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
ON THE ROCKS is a comical drama playing in some theaters and on Apple TV Plus [TV+] about a married woman who has a hunch her husband may be cheating on her, so she gets help from her chauvinistic father to uncover the truth. ON THE ROCKS is an entertaining comedy drama extolling family, pursuing the truth and marital fidelity, but it has some foul language, dialogue about marital infidelity, a comment about evolution, and two minor homosexual characters in one scene, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
ON THE ROCKS begins with a wedding. Cut to some years later, the newlywed couple from moments earlier now lives in New York City with their two daughters. Dean, the husband, has a high-profile tech job that’s booming. Meanwhile, Dean’s wife, Laura, struggles to keep all her ducks in a row, from being a wife and mother to being a professional writer. There’s also an obvious strain in Dean and Laura’s marriage. For instance, one night, Dean comes home from a business and kisses his wife, only to be surprised it’s her when he opens his eyes.
Could Dean be cheating on Laura?
To elevate Laura’s curiosity about Dean’s potential unfaithfulness, Laura finds a woman’s body oil in his suitcase while unpacking it after his trip. When she confronts him, he counters that it’s his coworker, Fiona’s oil, who couldn’t fit the cosmetic bag into her carryon luggage. Laura has the pleasure of meeting Fiona at Dean’s office party, and it’s clear that she feels out of place.
Meanwhile, Laura’s father, Felix, is a cavalier “cool guy” who mirrors Ryan Gosling’s character in CRAZY STUPID LOVE. He’s a smooth talker and an obnoxious flirt who’s never met a stranger. However, this comes in handy for Laura when she confides about her marriage to him. Felix, ever the skeptic of men like himself, believes Dean is probably cheating on his daughter, despite their years of marriage. The two stake out Dean and his coworkers at a club. Then, when Laura’s birthday celebration goes sideways at a dinner with Dean, Felix convinces Laura to follow Dean to Mexico, where he’s supposedly on yet another “business trip.”
What will Felix and Laura uncover?
ON THE ROCKS’s script has a similar tone to some of Writer/Director Sophia Coppola’s other movies, especially LOST IN TRANSLATION, which also stars Bill Murray. Admirers of Murray admirers will relish his character’s quirks as well as the authenticity he brings to the movie as a father. Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans give solid performances too. Overall, ON THE ROCKS serves as a good example of well-directed and well-acted indie-type entertainment.
ON THE ROCKS has a strong moral worldview, but it’s marred by some immoral, negative elements. At the heart of the movie, family, pursuing the truth and marital fidelity, reign supreme. However, one scene implies that two women are physically involved. Also, some of Bill Murray’s dry humor includes some worldview comments. For instance, he makes a comment about how women have physically evolved and mentions how birthdays were originally a pagan holiday that Christians didn’t celebrate. ON THE ROCKS also has some foul language and dialogue about illicit affairs. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.