Review: Digging for Fire… without much spark. 

Starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell, Orlando Bloom, and Brie Larson.

It’s interesting how life creeps up on you. You’re moving along in the normal day to day, and then something pops up and is just there that makes you realize what you might be missing… or missing out on. That’s what this film is about.

This was described as a thriller. It is so not that. I saw who was in it, and thought it looked fun. It’s not really fun either. What it does is present a “lite” look at the mediocrity of married life and realizing your youth has undoubtedly passed you by.  Tim and Lee are a couple with a toddler, and are doing their best to get along. Tim is a high school teacher and Lee is a yoga instructor with some high-end clients, one of which lets them house sit while away on a movie. While exploring the property, Tim finds a gun and a bone and that sets him to digging. Lee just thinks he should just leave it all alone. Of course, Tim can’t quite do that, so Lee decides she needs a break and takes their son to her parents for the weekend, just to get away.

Freed from the significance of their other for a day or two, both decide to make the most of their momentary independence, and the daily pressures of parenting.   Tim has his middle-aged, frat boy friends over for a night of mild debauchery. Even so, he can’t seem to stop digging for bodies and answers as a break from the mundane. Lee’s girls night out disintegrates into dining alone.  Tim and Lee, so desperate for any excitement, unwittingly invite temptation. Yet, both ultimately understand that all it takes is a glance away to realize how good your situation really is when met with a fresh gaze.

The movie ambles along toward resolution with no surprises, yet it is salvaged by a parade of really good indie actors in brief, character roles. Directed by Joe Swanberg, this feels like a bunch of friends got together, and said “hey, let’s make a movie in the backyard!”

Cindy says: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 stars

Recommendations:  For movies about relationships and marriage and growing up, try The Big Chill or Terms of Endearment.

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