Digging for Fire

From the desk of The Movie Snob.

Digging for Fire  (B-).  I enjoyed director Joe Swanberg’s film Drinking Buddies, which was a low-key movie about a couple of nice single people who liked each other but couldn’t figure out how to, or whether they should, date.  (It didn’t hurt that Olivia Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens) was one of the two stars.)  Now Swanberg is back with another low-key movie, but this one is about a married couple negotiating their graduation into middle age, an event made manifest by their three-year-old son Jude.  Tim (Jake Johnson, Jurassic World) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married) aren’t exactly unhappy, but their marriage is clearly a little frayed.  While they are house-sitting for one of Lee’s (much wealthier) clients, Tim discovers a rusty old revolver and what might be a human bone on the property.  Uninterested, Lee takes off to spend the weekend with her parents (Judith Light, TV’s Who’s the Boss, and Sam Elliott, The Hero), leaving Tim to do the couple’s taxes.  Instead, he invites some of his drinking buddies over (such as Sam Rockwell, Moon, as the Really Loud, Obnoxious Friend) to help him dig in the dirt, and they in turn invite a couple of ladies over (Brie Larson, Trainwreck, and Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect).  Off on her own adventure, whom should Lee encounter but a nice fellow named Ben who looks just like Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies).  It’s kind of a loose, shaggy movie, but obviously it has an impressive cast, and it did make me want to see what would happen and what the weekend’s repercussions would be for Tim and Lee and Jude.

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