Film Review: On The Rocks Dir: Sophia Coppola

Starring: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans

It’s not exactly a Lost In Translation redux, but then, it’s not trying to be.

On The Rocks, written and directed by Sophia Coppola and starring Bill Murray, is a New York Story seemingly made by one W. Allen than S. Coppola.

Ostensibly, the films plot revolves around the question of whether Laura’s (Rashida Jones) hubby Dean (Marlon Wayans) is fooling around on her.

In reality, the film is about Laura’s dad, Felix, (Bill Murray) and his determination to “protect” his daughter by finding out the truth about her husband. In short, it’s a Bill Murray film about Bill Murray, or at least the character he has developed over the past 45 years or so.

And you know what? Its not a bad thing. In fact, it reminds me of how Woody’s later film (especially) seemed more and more about him.

But let’s not forget Sophia Coppola. The maligned actor-turned director (I still think she was just fine in Godfather lll) a whipped up a wonderful, witty script and as a director she knows enough to get out of the weay and let this fine cast do their jobs.

Wilt Murray now 70, this is as much about a late-in-life father/daughter relationship than anything else.

On The Rocks hits all the right notes, and even features a brief cameo by Barabara Bain as “Gran”.

Looking to escape the madness of 2020? Join Bill and the rest of this cast as they have their way with New York City and our hearts.

Marty Duda

On The Rocks is now showing at Academy Cinema, Auckland.