On the Rocks (film)

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On the Rocks
On the Rocks poster.jpeg
Official release poster
Directed bySofia Coppola
Produced by
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Youree Henley
Written bySofia Coppola
Starring
Music byPhoenix
CinematographyPhilippe Le Sourd
Edited bySarah Flack
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 22, 2020 (2020-09-22) (NYFF)
  • October 2, 2020 (2020-10-02) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$992,103[2]

On the Rocks is a 2020 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It follows a father and daughter (Bill Murray and Rashida Jones) as they harbor suspicions about her husband's fidelity (Marlon Wayans). Its world premiere was at the New York Film Festival on September 22, 2020. It received a limited theatrical release on October 2, 2020 by A24, followed by digital streaming on October 23, 2020 by Apple TV+. It received positive reviews from critics, who noted it as lighter than Coppola's previous films, and praised Murray's performance.

Plot[edit]

Laura and Dean are a recently married couple in Manhattan with two young daughters, Maya and Theo. Laura is a novelist who appears to be stuck in a rut as she struggles to finish her latest book. Meanwhile, Dean is a successful entrepreneur at a burgeoning tech start-up, surrounded by young and attractive co-workers, leaving Laura in charge of their daughters. One night, after arriving home from one of his frequent business trips, Dean climbs into bed and begins to kiss Laura passionately. However, once he recognizes her voice, he abruptly stops and goes to sleep, much to Laura's confusion. The next day, Laura finds a woman's toiletry bag in Dean's luggage; he later explains that it belongs to his business associate, Fiona, and he offered to carry it in his suitcase because she could not fit it in her carry-on.

Laura decides to confide her misgivings about Dean to her father, Felix, a wealthy, semi-retired art dealer. A longtime playboy, Felix flirts with most women he encounters and believes that men are biologically wired to cheat. Convinced that Dean is having an affair, Felix proposes an investigation into him and encourages Laura to check his phone for incriminating text messages. Laura reluctantly does so, but finds nothing out of the ordinary.

While away on a business trip, Dean FaceTimes Laura on her birthday and surprises her with a gift, a Thermomix, which she does not seem particularly excited about. Despite previously insisting that she did not want to celebrate her birthday, Laura agrees to go out to a restaurant with Felix. He reveals that he had Dean followed and he was spotted shopping for jewelry at Cartier. As Laura grows suspicious, Felix picks her up in his vintage sports car one night and convinces her to stake out Dean as he attends a work dinner. After Dean leaves in a cab with Fiona, Felix speeds through the streets after them, but he and Laura end up pulled over by two police officers due to reckless driving. Felix knows the father of one of the officers, using this to charm his way out of a ticket.

Felix later discovers that Dean is planning a trip to a Mexican resort, which Laura does not believe. The next day, Dean casually tells her about the trip. Upon learning that Fiona is going on the trip as well, an increasingly suspicious Laura calls Felix, who convinces her to follow Dean to Mexico in order to spy on him. At the resort, Laura and Felix eventually spot a woman in Dean's room one evening. When Laura rushes in to confront Dean, she is surprised to find Fiona in the room with her girlfriend. Meanwhile, Dean calls Laura to inform her that he left early and is on his way back home. Realizing her mistake, Laura lashes out at Felix, accusing him of being selfish and berating him for his poor treatment of her mother, on whom he cheated many years earlier.

Back in New York, Laura and Dean have a heart-to-heart conversation, in which they share their respective fears and insecurities: she had been feeling alienated from him due to his constant business trips, while he said he had been busy working because he wanted to be a better provider for his family. They reconcile, and Laura overcomes her writer's block. Sometime later, Felix visits Laura and the two make amends. While at a restaurant, Dean surprises Laura with a second birthday gift—an engraved Cartier watch. Laura takes off the vintage watch Felix had previously given her and puts on Dean's.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On November 15, 2018, it was announced that Apple had entered into a multi-year agreement with entertainment company A24 to produce a slate of original films in partnership with their worldwide video unit.[3] On January 15, 2019, it was announced that the first film produced under that partnership would be directed by Sofia Coppola and titled On the Rocks.[4]

Alongside the film's initial announcement, it was confirmed that it would star Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.[4] In April 2019, Marlon Wayans joined the cast of the film.[5] In June 2019, Jessica Henwick joined the cast of the film.[6] By July, Jenny Slate had been announced as joining the cast.[7]

Principal photography for the film began in June 2019 in New York City.[8]

Release[edit]

On the Rocks had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 22, 2020.[9][10] It was released in a limited theatrical release on October 2, 2020, by A24, followed by digital streaming on October 23, 2020, by Apple TV+.[11][12]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 87% based on 264 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.30/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "On the Rocks isn't as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy -- and offers high proof of Bill Murray's finely aged charm."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100 based on 47 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a "B+" and said that "On the Rocks isn't destined to achieve the same kind of iconic status as some of Coppola's previous work. It isn't disposable, but it also doesn't offer anything to obsess about, which is a real change of pace for a filmmaker who launched a zillion Tumblrs and Pinterest boards and gave humanity the gif of Emma Watson saying 'I wanna rob.'"[15] Owen Gleiberman of Variety said that "On the Rocks turns into a boozy humanistic hang-out caper movie, one that's light-spirited and compelling, mordantly alive to the ins and outs of marriage, and a winning showcase for Murray's aging-like-fine-whisky brand of world-weary deviltry."[16] A. A. Dowd of The A. V. Club gave the film a B, praising Murray's performance as "an irresistible star turn, loose and funny and comfortable" but calling it weak among Coppola's work.[17]

Other reviews were less glowing. Jacobin's Eileen Jones described the film as, "another meandering depiction of life as a bored and alienated celebrity," and noted it for being, "Extraordinarily vapid ... oblivious to its own world of wealth, privilege, and access."[18]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Sunset Film Circle Awards December 1, 2020 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [19]
Indiana Film Journalists Association December 20, 2020 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [20]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards December 21, 2020 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [21]
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards December 21, 2020 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [22]
Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Awards December 31, 2020 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [23]
Chicago Indie Critics Awards January 2, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [24]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists January 4, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [25]
North Carolina Film Critics Association January 4, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [26]
Columbus Film Critics Association January 7, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [27]
Music City Film Critics' Association Awards January 11, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [28]
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards January 11, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [29]
Best Comedic Performance Bill Murray Runner-up
Best Original Screenplay Sofia Coppola Nominated
Hawaii Film Critics Society January 12, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [30]
North Dakota Film Society January 15, 2021 Best Original Song Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz, Deck D'Arcy Nominated [31]
St. Louis Film Critics Association January 17, 2021 Best Comedy Film On the Rocks Nominated [32]
Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society January 18, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [33]
Houston Film Critics Society Awards January 18, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [34]
Online Film Critics Society Awards January 25, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [35]
North Texas Film Critics Association January 26, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [36]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association February 8, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [37]
Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association Awards February 10, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Runner-up [38]
Satellite Awards February 15, 2021 Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical On the Rocks Nominated [39]
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Rashida Jones Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Bill Murray Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society February 15, 2021 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Bill Murray Nominated [40]
Golden Globe Awards February 28, 2021 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Bill Murray Nominated [41]
Final Draft Awards March 2, 2021 Storyteller Award - Film Sofia Coppola Won [42]
Hollywood Critics Association March 5, 2021 Best Female Director Sofia Coppola Nominated [43]
Best Comedy/Musical On the Rocks Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards March 7, 2021 Best Comedy On the Rocks Nominated [44]
Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards March 28, 2021 Best Supporting Actor Bill Murray Nominated [45]
Best Intergenerational Film On the Rocks Nominated
American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards April 17, 2021 Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy Sarah Flack Nominated [46]

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