On the Rocks is a sweet dramedy with a heartfelt message that stands on the great performances from Rashida Jones and Bill Murray. Sofia Coppola's tight but humanizing screenplay helps us connect to these characters, and we become invested in finding out whether or not Laura's husband is cheating on her with his assistant. There's very low stakes and the plot moves like butter, but you need to know as much as she does. And the ending isn't the usual fare for a film like this. It may just surprise you.
Laura (Jones) and Dean (Wayans) are in a rut. Dean is always away on business trips with his assistant Fiona (Henwick), and Laura becomes increasingly suspicious the further she falls into writer's block. After a lunch with her playboy father Felix (Murray), she ends up convinced that something is up. She and Felix embark on an adventure to prove her husband's infidelity, and it goes farther than either of them expected. There's a number of standout scenes, like when Felix gets pulled over and befriends the cops. It's Bill Murray's natural charisma and charm at work.
On the Rocks is not going to get much attention because it's on Apple TV+, and I don't think a lot of people know that. Had it gotten a theatrical release, it may have gotten some attention. I hope it gets some consideration come awards season, because it is an enjoyable dramedy about trust, family, and love.