Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Downhill isn’t based on a true story — it’s an English-language remake of the 2014 Swedish dramedy Force Majeure.
If you’ve spent any time at all browsing subreddits like r/relationships and Am I the Asshole?, though, you may feel like it might as well be. The film plays out like a cinematic adaptation of one of those posts, bringing a marital conflict under the microscope and inviting everyone around them, us included, to cast judgment on who went wrong where.
Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus play Pete and Billie, an American couple on an Austrian ski vacation with their two adolescent sons. From the opening moments, it’s possible to see the hairline cracks in this picture-perfect family portrait. Irritations flare up around the language barrier, a hectic hotel welcome, or Pete’s iPhone addiction. Read more…
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