When looking at the trailer for Downhill, you expecting a comedy starring Wil Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus taking place at a ski resort. What you get is more of a drama about a couple with troubles with a sprinkle of humor.
Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus are Pete and Billie Staunton, a well-to-do married couple who take their family on a family ski vacation in the Alps. The trip is a getaway from the recent passing of Peter’s father and hoping to get him out of a somewhat depressed state. While on a break from skiing, an avalanche that is bearing down on the family while they are outside eating, leaving Pete to make a decision to save himself and his phone rather than trying to protect his wife and kids. This event sends the couple into a tailspin and forces them to question their commitment to each other.
Their performance as a couple on the brink is actually really good. The supporting cast with Miranda Otto as the hotel’s free-spirited concierge person alone with his co-worker and his outgoing girlfriend, played by Zach Wood and Zoe Chao, bring out the comedy in this rather boring dramatic film. This movie is pretty much a middle of the road comedy-drama that benefits from actors’ performances more than the story it’s self.
It’s one of those movies that you can watch on cable rather in the theater. Downhill hits theaters on Friday.