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A Walk in the Woods

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Likable "old guy" comedy has great vistas, strong language.

Movie R 2015 104 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Great potential, but ultimately disappointing

The story line has great potential, and I was waiting the whole time for the movie and acting to live up to that potential, but unfortunately it never did. Too many references to sex. Wasn't fun watching with my family.
age 18+

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While this movie could have been an overly earnest drama or an embarrassing slapstick farce, it settles somewhere comfortably in between. It's inconsequential, but it should please fans of codger comedies. Director Ken Kwapis, a veteran of TV series and lightweight comedies, mainly keeps things on an even keel. Even if Kristen Schaal (as an annoying hiker) and Susan McPhail (as a cheating wife) are witless diversions, the movie usually veers back on the trail quickly enough.

Potential dramatic pitfalls are handled lightly or simply left behind. The wonderful Mary Steenburgen plays a hotel proprietress who makes eyes at Bryson, and Katz has a close call with an alcoholic episode. The movie's strength is in the relationship between the two men, with Nolte's comically gruff performance providing the anchor. They sometimes argue and other times share memories, but their bond is largely unexplained and unspoken.

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