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Around The Bend Review

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The men of three generations of a dysfunctional family take an unsentimental road trip across the south west of the United States, to fulfil the dying wish of the family patriarch.

★★★★★

One of those films that seems like it was made mainly for film festivals - and it has the awards to show for it - this assured debut from writer-director Jordan Roberts is a whimsical, offbeat tale of redemption, in which the men from three generations of a dysfunctional family take an unsentimental road trip across the South-western United States to fulfil the dying wishes of the family patriarch. If you can handle Michael Caine (aged 72) as the father of Christopher Walken (62), Glenne Headly as a pigtailed Danish housekeeper and the ever-present KFC product placement, there's much to enjoy - notably Walken's performance as a man who's taken too many wrong turns in life to ever find his way home. His Weapon Of Choice-style dance around the campfire is worth seeing, too.

If you can forgive a the odd stretch of plausibility (especially in the age difference of the actors), there's much to enjoy - noteably Walken's performance.