Here’s the official plot description from Netflix: “In honor of Rebecca (Rachel Dratch)’s 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best, longtime friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paul Pell), homebody Jenny ( Emily Spivey), and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect. Yet as the alcohol flows, real-world uncertainties intrude on the punchlines and gossip, and the women begin questioning their friendships and futures.” What’s not to love about that? This looks akin to Bridesmaids, another celebration-based story of friendship loaded with SNL alums. Here, we have Poehler and former co-stars Rudolph, Fey, Gasteyer, and Dratch, along with Pell and Spivey, two former writers for the sketch series. Pell also wrote the Poehler and Fey comedy film Sisters. In addition to the former SNL players, Wine Country also stars Jason Schwartzman and PEN15‘s Maya Erksine.
It’s exciting to see Poehler make the leap from talented TV actress to film director, and after Russian Doll, we’re totally stoked to see anything she’s able to create under the Netflix banner. This looks like a perfect movie to queue up and watch on the couch with a group of friends and a bottle – or two or three – of wine, which is just what a Netflix film should make you want to do.
Wine Country lands on Netflix on May 10 and will also play in select theaters starting May 8.