The spirited combo of author Cheryl Strayed, screenwriter Nick Hornby, director Jean-Marc Vallée, actors Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and the grandiose scenery of the Pacific Coast Trail comes together impressively in the autobiographical tale of Strayed (played by Witherspoon) and how her 1,100-mile solo trek across deserts, mountains, and rain forests helped clear her head. Strayed’s head contains a lot of material, including regrets and love for her late mother (Dern), a rough period of drug abuse and promiscuity, and more flashback vignettes and playlist tunes than you can shake a stick at. Witherspoon and Dern put on a terrific acting show. A thrilling addition to the literature of the road trip movie, costarring Thomas Sadoski, Michael Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann, Cliff De Young, and Keene McRae. Luscious outdoor cinematography by Yves Bélanger (115 min.).
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Producer: Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Bill Pohlad, Bergen Swanson, Nathan Ross and Nick Hornby
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann, Kevin Rankin, W. Brown, Nick Eversman, Mo McRae, Keene McRae, Brian Van Holt, Cliff De Young, Will Cuddy and Leigh Parker