Laugh­ter on the hop

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A Walk in the Woods (M) 1hr 38mins Di­rected by Ken Kwapis Re­viewed by Peter Lampp ★★★ 1⁄

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When you’re over the hill, trekking up ’em might not be the bright­est idea. That’s the case in this funny Amer­i­can walk­ing film.

Fol­low­ing The Way and Walk­ing the Camino, both set in Spain, Tracks (Aus­tralia) and Reese Wither­spoon’s Wild, walk­ing films are quite in vogue, .

Set on the Ap­palachian Trial which wends through the forests from Ge­or­gia to Maine, it’s based on the book by travel writer Bill Bryson.

The joc­u­lar script is clever. With two noted ac­tors aged in their 70s – Robert Red­ford as Bryson and Nick Nolte as the hard case Stephen Katz, an old buddy and for­mer se­rial phi­lan­derer – older folk will laugh from go to whoa.

Emma Thompson plays Bryson’s wife Cather­ine who rightly feels her hus­band is bonkers tak­ing on a 3500km hike in­stead of re­clin­ing in his rocker and at­tend­ing fu­ner­als.

There are laughs a-plenty as the age­ing hik­ers re­live past con­quests, have hu­mor­ous en­coun­ters with other hik­ers, with one woman who wouldn’t shut up, with bears of the an­gry va­ri­ety and even an af­fronted hus­band.

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