The concept of the aging adventurer who has fallen from grace, only to try and rise again is something film and television has embraced wholeheartedly over the years. To laugh at one’s self in the face of getting older provides for some really strong entertainment and the latest pair to embrace this concept is that of Academy Award-winning actresses Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment) and Jessica Lange (Tootsie). They have a new film coming to home video and Wild Oats may very well be the next Grumpy Old Men, but flipped gender-wise.
The film revolves around MacLaine’s character Eva as she accidentally receives a check for $5,000,000 instead of the intended $50,000. Eva’s best friend Maddie (Lange) then persuades her to use the money to live it up in the Canary Islands. Along the way the two “women of leisure” must evade shady conmen and a persistent insurance agent hot on their tale. Billy Connelly and Demi Moore co-star.
Light-hearted romps like Wild Oats don’t come along too often but when they do, it’s really rather special. One of the more recent films to present similar themes was last year’s Robert Redford/Nick Nolte vehicle A Walk in the Woods. Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lang are an adorable pair and one can only imagine that their on screen chemistry is as vibrant as the film’s story. Older fans as well as a new generation of audiences are probably in for quite a treat with Wild Oats. Oscar winners and a quality script, what more can one ask for?
Wild Oats will be available on DVD (Anchor Bay Entertainment), Digital HD, and On Demand on October 4, 2016.