Run time: 94 mins
With its exotic locations, themed soundtrack (this time it’s Blondie) and middle-age nostalgia, this comedy drama is forlornly chasing the Mamma Mia! bandwagon.
Fifty-something trio Kate (Jenny Seagrove), Cassie (Kelly Preston, in her final film role before her death, and to whom the film is dedicated) and Liz (Sally Phillips) attempt to recreate an interrailing trip to Palma from their youth – after the death of their friend Anna – taking Anna’s daughter Maddie (Elizabeth Dormer-Phillips) with them. At Anna’s funeral, Maddie’s grandmother (Judi Dench) presents the trio with an envelope containing four interrail passes: they’re a parting gift from Anna, who wants them to retrace a formative backpacking trip with Maddie in her place.
The film does have the vibe of an interrailing tour, not just of Europe but of emotions. So, in the same way an interrailer might stop off for a quick twirl round the Leaning Tower of Pisa before racing on to the Eiffel Tower, you can be sure that you’ll be alighting for a brief look at the river of grief, the pool of regret and the mountain of anger. Yet Blondie’s songs help alleviate the more sombre moments for an all-round fun trip. (Jack Whiting)