Movie Review: Amanda and Jack Go Glamping (2017)

Synopsis: After his latest book is a flop, Jack, a once successful writer, agrees to go on a vacation with his wife, Amanda, to a wilderness glamping retreat to try to save their failing marriage. However, a double booking involving two young newlyweds, a handsome and flirty property owner and Jack's own self-pity make things worse.

Who's in it? The movie stars David Arquette, Amy Acker, Adan Canto, Nicole Elliott and Chris Carpenter.

Review: I've been feeling under the weather for the past couple of days and, unable to sleep because of a stuffy head, ended up watching this movie last night. While it wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be, I thought it was a decent film.

Just to warn you in advance, this movie is classified as a comedy/drama but, in reality, it was much more of a drama. This is especially true of Jack (Arquette) and Amanda's (Acker) marriage, when it was very clear they were on a very direct path to a divorce if some sort of miracle didn't happen.

In fact, I actually wound up wondering if maybe they weren't meant to be together. Yeah, sure, he ends up making a grand gesture to win her back, but they seemed like two very different people. I don't even feel like it was completely Jack's fault because Amanda seemed to be ignoring the fact he was going through a very rough time emotionally and, rather than try to talk it out with him, seemed more interested in convincing him to get another job so they didn't lose the house (raising the question does SHE have a job?).

I also found Jack's main rival, Nate (Canto), intriguing. He just seemed too perfect, and it made me wonder if he wasn't who he claimed to be. Yet, at the same time, he didn't seem to be actively trying to break Jack and Amanda up and could have just been an innocent bystander. This kept the ending from being as predictable as I thought it would be.

I think my only real complaint about this movie is the newlyweds, Jamie (Elliott) and Abe (Daniel Ross Owens) don't have much of an impact on the overall movie, other than reminding Jack and Amanda how newlyweds act and as fodder for Jack's harsh comments about social media. Frankly, the movie probably could have just left them out and it wouldn't have had much of an impact on the overall plot.

Final Opinion: I was expecting it to be funnier but, overall, I thought it was an OK drama that I did enjoy watching. I'd recommend giving it a shot.

My Grade: B


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