We’re on the road again, but the scenery’s the same

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ran­dall King

IT’S frankly off-putting when, two min­utes into a movie, we get a gra­tu­itous Win­nipeg put-down. Ap­par­ently, ac­cord­ing to screen­writer Jessie Gabe, our city is not “pic­turesque.” (Gabe ac­tu­ally ap­pears in this movie as a snooty re­cep­tion­ist. Dare we sug­gest type­cast­ing?) That’s all the more irk­some be­cause Win­nipeg is the home of the two main char­ac­ters, but di­rec­tor Ja­son Pri­est­ley didn’t bother to ei­ther film here or even find vi­able ex­te­rior vis­ual matches for ugly Win­nipeg lo­ca­tions. That’s just lazy. Dr. Cas Pep­per (Richard Drey­fuss) is a doc­tor dis­in­clined to heal him­self when he learns he has a brain tu­mour with a ter­mi­nal prog­no­sis. When this med­i­cal loner’s dog dies, Cas is free to drive to the West Coast to end his life on his own terms. His plans go awry when he en­coun­ters Dy­lan Mor­gan (Ta­tiana Maslany), a would-be nov­el­ist sud­denly ea­ger to leave town (and an abu­sive, shot­gun­tot­ing boyfriend). This pro­tracted meet-cute avoids a ro­man­tic en­tan­gle­ment and we are thank­ful. (The movie seems to have been some­what in­spired by the ’60s cult movie Harold & Maude, but doesn’t go all the way, as it were.) In­stead, we get

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