Starring: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick, Jenny Slate, Barbara Bain
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Apple TV+ and A24’s comedy drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola. The story follows Laura (Rashida Jones), who thinks she’s happily married, however when her husband, Dean (Marlon Wayans), starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight, her larger than life playboy father, Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.
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Our Favorite Quotes:'Marriage is like a bank account. You make deposits for the first twenty or thirty years. And then, after that, you have all this interest built up, and you can start making withdrawals.' - Lady (On the Rocks) Click To Tweet 'We all just want to be loved.' - Felix (On the Rocks) Click To Tweet
Felix: And remember, don’t give your heart to any boys. You’re mine. Until you get married. Then you’re still mine.
Young Laura: Um, okay, dad.
Laura: Well, last night Dean got back. He was really out of it. He takes Xanax on the plane. And he started kissing me. And then he heard my voice, and it was like I woke him up. He was surprised and stopped. It was almost like he thought I was someone else.
Friend: What? Oh, that’s weird. But he was just out of it.
Laura: Yeah, I guess.
Laura: You know, he’s traveling with clients all the time. And I’m just the buzzkill waiting to schedule things. I can’t even write. I should’ve never sold a book before writing it.
Laura: What do you think, from a man’s point of view? Am I crazy?
Felix: No. He thought you were someone else.
Laura: What? You think so?
Laura: You know what? You’re just dark and don’t know anything about a committed relationship.
Felix: Oh, really?
Laura: Yes, really.
Felix: You need to start thinking like a man.
Laura: Thanks, dad. That’s really helpful.
Amanda: Is Dean still traveling a lot with that new assistant?
Laura: Account manager. Yeah. Yeah, she seems nice.
Gran: Is she very attractive?
Laura: I don’t know. I mean, yeah. She’s attractive. New York is filled with attractive women though.
Amanda: Well, okay.
Laura: I can’t whistle.
Felix: Oh, come on.
Laura: No, seriously. No, I can’t anymore. It’s so weird. Ever since I had kids.
Felix: No kid of mine is going to stop whistling. We’re working on this. Come on.
Felix: Nice bracelet.
Laura: Thank you.
Felix: The bangle is a reminder that women were once men’s property.
Laura: I’m sure that’s exactly what Dean was going for.
[to the pregnant woman walking out of the building]
Felix: Oh, my gosh. Do you look beautiful.
[as they enter the restaurant]
Felix: You’re about to see Cliff.
Cliff: Hello, Mr. Keane.
Felix: Cliff. How’s your mom’s hip?
Cliff: Good, thanks.
Felix: Good. You tell her to do her exercises, or she may as well have kept the old one, huh?
[as they walk away]
Felix: He thinks you’re my girlfriend.
Felix: You know what’s interesting? Back when humans walked on all fours, it was the sight of the female haunches that excited them. So that when we finally stood up on two legs, it was the women with the rounded breasts that mirrored the haunches that were most exciting to the males. So, they made babies with them, and eventually, that shape evolved into what is our modern female.
Laura: Ah. Wow.
Felix: And men were attracted to adolescent females because they were easier to catch, therefore ultimately easier to mate. And slowly over time, these qualities, small size, smooth skin, high voice, little or no beard, evolved into the qualities most desired today.
Laura: So they prefer no beard? Good to know.
Felix: Like you.
[referring to the waitress Felix complimented]
Laura: Can you ever just act normal around any woman?
Felix: She’s a ballet dancer. They love to be complimented.
Felix: Did I tell you I got a new assistant? Few days.
Laura: Oh. That’s good.
Felix: You know what’s great about her? She doesn’t talk. She just listens.
Laura: That sounds perfect for you.
Felix: So Dean’s going away a lot, huh? On business trips?
Laura: Dad, not everyone is like you.
Laura: There were some of his coworker’s toiletries in his luggage.
Felix: Sloppy move.
Laura: But she couldn’t put them in her carry-on through security, so he offered to put them in his luggage. That’s it.
Felix: Raise your hand if that sounds fishy.
Laura: You know what? I shouldn’t have said anything. Forget it.
Laura: Dean is not like you. Okay, he’s a nerd. He’s a good guy. A great dad.
Felix: He’s a man. It’s nature. Males are forced to fight to dominate and to impregnate all females.
Felix: What does Dean have planned for your birthday?
Laura: He’s not going to be here for my birthday.
Felix: What kind of guy forgets his wife’s birthday?
Laura: He didn’t forget. He has a work trip. But we’re going to celebrate when he gets back.
Felix: That’s not the same.
Felix: I traveled. I never missed a birthday.
Laura: Right. But you had some other shortcomings.
Felix: Like what?
Felix: Laura, come on. He should be worshiping the ground you walk on. And if he’s not, you need to know. Now, it’s probably nothing, but check his phone.
Maya: We’re watching Breaking Bad.
Maya: It’s really good.
Felix: It’s a great show. Have you seen it?
Laura: Yes, I have seen it. It’s great. It’s not for kids.
Felix: What? Was there something bad on?
[repeating what Felix has been teaching them]
Maya: And that girls should wear their hair long and pretty, how boys like it.
Laura: Or you can wear it short, or however you want to wear it.
Maya: Long and pretty.
Theo: Long and pretty.
Laura: Don’t listen to him, okay? You’re going to grow up, and you’re going to be strong women who get to wear their hair however they like.
Laura: Actually, I don’t really feel like celebrating my birthday this year.
Felix: The celebration of the date of one’s birth was originally a pagan tradition. Historically, Christians didn’t celebrate for that very reason. Now, we’re past that, aren’t we? Kids. Do you want a mom who doesn’t want to get taken out for cake and ice cream?
Maya, Theo: Ice cream. Ice cream!
Dean: Hey, Felix. You’re back in town.
Felix: I am.
Dean: Yes, you are.
Felix: Been busy?
Dean: Yeah. Got a lot going on.
Felix: Do you?
Felix: I’m taking you out. You can’t not celebrate your birthday.
Laura: I don’t have a babysitter.
Felix: Musto. He’s got four kids. They’re all still alive.
Felix: I had him followed. Do you know where he came from the other night?
Laura: What? No. Where?
Felix: 52nd and 5th.
Felix: It’s Cartier. You didn’t get any present from there?
Felix: At least we know he has taste.
Felix: Did you ever check his phone?
Laura: Yes. There weren’t any texts.
Felix: Well, that’s really suspicious. If you’re working with someone, you’re in close contact. Unless he erased them. That bas***d.
Felix: When did this acting strange start?
Laura: He’s just been distracted since he started this company and started working with Fiona.
Felix: Is Fiona Miss Toiletries?
Laura: The tall business associate, yeah.
Felix: I mean, how he could do this to you? I could strangle him. Here’s the Plaza. This is the place to have an affair. It has the most exits.
Musto: Exits on three streets.
Laura: Can any man be monogamous?
Felix: Monogamy and marriage are based on the concept of property.
Musto: I’ve been married for twenty years.
Felix: Women, you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. That doesn’t mean you have to live with them.
Felix: I remember the first moment, the moment, when I first recognized you as a person. We were in the country. You were about nine months old, and you were sitting on the ground, and I picked you up, and your diaper was sopping wet with mud and water, and we looked at each other and just started laughing. And there you were. I saw who you were.
Laura: And here we are.
Felix: What next? I think we should follow him.
Felix: Yeah. I think we should keep an eye on him. See what he’s up to.
Laura: No, I can’t do that.
Felix: I think you better see him in action.
Felix: I’ll change car. We’ll tail him.
Laura: Can you just act a little less excited about this? Because this is my life, and it might be falling apart.
Felix: I’m not worried about you, kiddo. You’ve got brains, beauty, and character, which is the most important thing a person can have. Do you know a woman is at her most beautiful between the ages of thirty-five and thirty-nine?
Laura: Great, so I have many months left.
Felix: Women are like flowers. They’re all beautiful, at any age. Even dried flowers. You know. I don’t know why women get plastic surgery.
Laura: Because of men like you.
Felix: I prefer the factory original.
Laura: Yeah, and every other make and model.
[the waiter puts their desert on the table]
Felix: Thank you. I’m going to take that as a compliment.
[referring to the desert spoons]
Felix: Are there two? Ooh. Scared me.
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