Phoenix‘s musical supplements tell you almost everything about Sofia Coppola‘s On The Rocks (A24/Apple). This is one peppy, finger-poppin’ relationship comedy about a married daughter (Rashida Jones) and her laconic, libertine, hound-dog dad (Bill Murray).
You can tell right away that director-writer Sofia Coppola, who enabled Murray to give one of his best performances 17 years ago in Lost in Translation, has wisely decided to just let Murray be Murray.
Boilerplate: “Laura (Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to her charming, impulsive father Felix (Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots,” etc.
Murray (who turns 70 on 9.21) looks good. He obviously dropped a few pounds before filming began in June 2019.
On The Rocks will open in a few select theatres in early to mid October, followed by streaming debut on Apple TV Plus later that same month.