Netflix has had some great collaborations with SNL graduates. Be it Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, an absolute joy of a show that tackles with some serious themes, or Amy Poehler’s ‘Russian Doll’, another comedy that has grave issues at heart. It only seemed logical that if Poehler was to make her directorial debut, it should be for Netflix. Inspired by the true experience of the actresses’ getaway, the film tells the story of six best friends who spend a weekend together at Napa. Drinking heaps of wine while bonding with each other, what could possibly go wrong for them?
Summary of the Plot
‘Wine Country’ follows the story of six middle-aged friends who plan a weekend getaway in order to celebrate “the big 5-oh!” of one of them. They haven’t had such a get together since one of them in the group got married, which is what makes this trip all the more special. They plan to drink wine and reconnect, or at least, that’s what the owner of the villa they have rented suggests them to do. Abby (Amy Poehler) has taken it upon herself to chalk out an itinerary for them. She has planned everything down to the minute and wishes the group the stick to it if they want to have maximum fun. This displays Abby’s need to exert control, which seems rather amplified in this particular weekend.
Then there is Naomi (Maya Rudolph), one of the chilled-out people who doesn’t want anyone on their phones because that’s not what they are here for. But then, her efforts to keep herself away from her own phone indicate something troublesome in her life. Next is Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), a workaholic who is, evidently, the most successful of them all. However, her too much indulgence with the phone segregates her from the rest of the group. Val (Paula Pell) is legit cool and just wants to find someone she can connect with over the weekend. She does find such a person, Jade (Maya Erskine). However, the age gap between them might become a problem.
Jenny (Emily Spivey) rarely attends any gatherings, which makes Abby book only five rooms, just in case. She somehow brought herself to be here this time, but here anxieties haven’t left her alone. And then there is Rebecca (Rachel Dratch), the birthday girl who insists that age is just a number. But too much insistence on her part tells everyone that she has denial problems, especially about her husband, Brian, whom no one likes.
The story also adds characters like the loner villa owner, Tammy (Tina Fey); the “comes with the house” driver-cum-cook, Devon (Jason Schwartzman); and the tarot card reader, Miss Sunshine (Cherry Jones).