Picks and Pans Review: Bonneville

updated 03/10/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/10/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jessica Lange, Joan Allen, Kathy Bates | PG |

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A tip of the hat—if I wore one—to Kathy Bates. She always brings a welcome dose of down-to-earth humor and veritas to any role she plays. That's the case again, thank heavens, in Bonneville, a sliver of a road movie. Bates plays the smartest-mouthed of three middle-aged friends (along with Lange and Allen) who hit the highway out west in a vintage-'60s rust-red Bonneville convertible. The reason for the trip: Lange is transporting the ashes of her late, beloved husband. Over the course of their journey the gals all discover new sides to themselves and share laughs and tears. But we've been down this road many times before. Like the car they're driving, the movie gets where it needs to go, but without much vroom.

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