ON THE ROCKS ~ The New Yorker

Coppola must have written the Felix role for Bill Murray … a perfect match … and a fine movie … rŌbert

On The Rocks | Official Trailer

Sofia Coppola’s new film displays less style than her other features, but its relative plainness is key to its substance: its gimlet gaze at the conveniences of wealth and the prerogatives of privilege. A New York writer named Laura (Rashida Jones), who lives in a lavish SoHo loft with her husband, Dean (Marlon Wayans), a tech entrepreneur, and their two young daughters, suspects that he’s cheating on her—a subject to which she’s especially sensitive because her own father, Felix (Bill Murray), a rich and grandiose art dealer, left her mother (Alva Chinn) for another woman. Getting wind of Laura’s suspicions, Felix breezes into town and, with dashingly romantic and acerbically witty flamboyance, lures Laura into a whirlwind adventure of espionage. Amid her marital strife and her creative frustrations, Laura must confront the substance of Felix’s style—the attitudes and assumptions of which his old-school charm and commanding manner reek. The movie’s movingly confessional, even penitent look at private and public abuses of power is a glance askance at Hollywood mythologies, too.— Richard Brody

The New Yorker

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