By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton
Finally, a road trip movie worth watching.
For some reason road trips are often used in movies for both comedic and dramatic uses, and in most movies that feature them that is all they are about. But Boundaries is about so much more than that. It shows the sacrifices that we make for our family, despite the emotional turmoil that they may cause us.
Boundaries tells the story of Laura (Vera Farmiga), a single mother who rescues every stray animal she sees, and her troublesome relationship with her father Jack (Christopher Plummer). After avoiding her father for quite some time, Laura ends up having to drive him from Seattle to LA so he can stay with her sister Jojo (Kristen Schaal) after he is kicked out of his nursing home.
On this road trip they are accompanied by Laura’s son Henry (Lewis MacDougall), a socially awkward teenage boy, and some of the many dogs Laura has rescued. Unknown to Laura, Jack also has brought along large amounts of marijuana that he has enlisted Henry’s help with selling throughout their journey.
Boundaries is different than most road trip movies because it has so many different layers with some intricate character development. There is a lot going on with each and every character that intertwines itself with the story, making you very invested in all of them.
There is Laura and her relentless love for everyone around her, even when it hurts her. Henry with his issues at school and being able to interact with other people. And finally Jack, who has never been there for his children and is trying to figure out how to change his ways.
This really is a character driven piece which is why it was aided so heavily by the fact that the actors were brilliant. They were each able to portray the complexities of their characters in a way that brought you into the story so effortlessly.
This film was also quite funny. Although the story it presented was more dramatic in its nature, the dialogue and the interactions between the characters gave it a very cleverly thought out humor.
To be honest, I liked this film a lot more than I thought I would. I am always skeptical of road trip movies because they are usually all the same, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.
Boundaries tells an intricate and entertaining story of family and the complex emotions that go with it. Between the enthralling story mixed with both drama and comedy and the brilliant acting, I would highly recommend this film.
My Rating: 89%