A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Francine is grumpy and possessive about her father's ashes; Arvilla tries to deceive her concerning the ashes.
Violence & Scariness
Fight between the three central women and a man and woman who try to steal Carol's purse; Carol ends up with bloody forehead and stitches.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of women (including a prostitute) wear cleavage-revealing tops. Sexual innuendo ("feel a man's big rig"). Margene flirts with Emmett, then returns to hotel claiming that she only took off her pantyhose to dance. Sweet kiss between Emmett and Margene.
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Words include "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Brands include iPod.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Conversation about drinking ("the occasional medicinal scotch"); wine at dinner; strict Mormon Carol drinks a vodka after she wins money at a slot machine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this road trip dramedy about three middle-aged women looking back on their lives doesn't have a lot of age-inappropriate content, it probably won't be of much interest to kids. The main characters discuss sex and desire via innuendoes, and they see a woman in a casino who is there "on business" (she's a prostitute). A brief fight features some punching, kicking, and rolling in the dust (one woman needs stitches after). Mild language includes "hell" and "damn," and there's a little social drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Innocuous but uninspired, BONNEVILLE is most effective when it forgets the contrived plot turns and lets the three women interact. The scenes in which Arvilla and Carol chat quietly while covering each other's faces in cleansing "mud," or in which Margene encourages Carol to join them on the "magic fingers" motel room bed, are convincing and sweet. They're also considerably less forced than the sequences that deal with lessons in tolerance, a slapsticky fight with a couple of interstate thieves, and Arvilla's unnecessary voice-over explanations.
As the fairly familiar set-up probably implies, the women experience a series of life-changing episodes while traveling, the first involving a helpful young man named Bo (Victor Rasuk), who not only fixes their flat tire but also embodies a convenient object lesson for Arvilla, in that he's fulfilling a promise to his long-dead mother by finding his long-absent father. As luck would have it, they also meet a trucker, Emmett (Tom Skerritt), who falls instantly in love with charismatic, rambunctious Margene, while Carol, an observant Mormon, loosens up just long enough to play a Vegas slot machine, win $176,483, and have a glass of vodka to celebrate.
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