Last Weekend | Chicago Reader

Last Weekend

Rated NR 94 minutes 2014

This tepid indie comedy lacks a consistent tone; directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams can't decide whether to satirize or sympathize with their wealthy, self-regarding characters. Patricia Clarkson stars as a rich matriarch who invites her grown sons, who are estranged from each other, and several of their friends to spend a weekend at the family's second home in Lake Tahoe before she and her husband sell the property. Dolby's script isn't devoid of insight, but the pacing is so slack and the performances so flat (except for Clarkson's) that none of the ideas has any impact. This often feels like a dress rehearsal for a better movie.

Film Credits

Director: Tom Dolby and Tom Williams

Producer: Mike S. Ryan and Mark Johnson

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Chris Mulkey, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Devon Graye, Alexia Rasmussen, Jayma Mays, Julio Mechoso, Julie Carmen, Judith Light, Rutina Wesley, Fran Kranz, Mary Place and Sheila Kelley

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