Jason Bateman in his lifetime has produced a myriad of TV shows and movies, some of which retain their charm to this day. Some of his works like the gut-wrenching crime thriller Ozark and all-time-favorite sitcom, Arrested Development have made it massively through the cut, while some others did not meet the audience’s expectations. One such of Bateman’s not-so-entertaining movies was The Longest Week (2014) alongside the Don’t Worry Darling director, Olivia Wilde.
Including Olivia, the movie has some other notable names in its line cast like Billy Crudup and more. However, according to reports even such big names in the industry could not save the indifferent script. For many viewers, the movie tried to emulate a Woody Allen movie with its storyline but failed miserably. The overt attempt to duplicate his approach like pretentious narration, haughty characters, background music, etc did not fit the bill for most. Want to know more about the movie to decide if you should give it a try or not? Read further to find out.
What is Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde starrer The Longest Week about?
In the movie, Jason Bateman plays Conrad Valmont who after his parents split goes broke and homeless with no grasp of reality. While his old friend Dylan lends him a hand of support at such a tough time, Conrad makes it even worse by falling for Dylan’s former lover Beatrice. During this time period, his ideas of himself, his life goals, and his relationships/friendships, all come through a drastic evolution.
As he gets in touch with his feelings and his heart, the clarity in which he sees himself and his role in the world is somewhat mirrored in the lives of Dylan, and Beatrice. Although the movie did not have any long-lasting effect on the viewers, Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde still lured romance lovers to watch it completely. Just as a one-time watch, it did have some meaning but not enough to warrant an afterthought with something we could dive deep into.
Where can you watch it?
The 1 hour 26 minutes piece was directed by Peter Glanz and was produced by Yash Raj Films’ Uday Chopra and Neda Armian. The movie is now unavailable on the American streaming giant. After a few years of its release, it parted ways with Netflix. However, you can still give it a try on Prime Video or rent it from YouTube TV or Apple TV. The 2014 Rom-com drama got itself a total of 5.4/10 IMDb rating with only 10% Rotten Tomatoes.
Although the heady script did not meet the audience’s demand for a Jason Bateman movie, it still has its other subtle nuances that give way to the characters.
Are you planning to give it a try once? Let us know what you like and dislike about The Longest Week.