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Wild Oats (2016)

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Everything changes for Eva when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for five million dollars instead of the expected fifty thousand dollars. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Andy Tennant

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Claudia Myers (screenplay by), Gary Kanew (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Eva
Jessica Lange ... Maddie
Demi Moore ... Crystal
Ptolemy Slocum ... Luke
Colin Walker ... Ben
Robert Collier ... Minister
Geraldine Singer ... Mourner #2
Susan Parker Susan Parker ... Mourner #3
Vincent De Paul ... Mourner #6
Rachel Deacon ... Monique
Lynne Ashe ... Laurie
Ben Temple ... Dr. Ferguson
Marnee Carpenter ... Waitress
Morgan Deare Morgan Deare ... Greg (as Morgan Kelley Deare)
Chad Gall ... Eric
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Storyline

A retired widow who hits the jackpot when she receives a life insurance check mistakenly made out for five million dollars instead of fifty thousand dollars. She and her best friend then take off, only to become media sensations and fugitives from justice.

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Newly rich. Newly single. Forever young.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Oats See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,554, 18 September 2016

Gross USA:

$40,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,949
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot in Gran Canaria, Spain. One of the producers, Nicolas Veingerb said that his family had ties with Gran Canaria since his grandfather used to vacation there before moving from Russia to Argentina. See more »

Goofs

When Eva and Maddie are taken to their hotel after arriving at Gran Canaria airport, you distinctly see them being chauffeured through the middle of the island's capital Las Palmas, passing the famous Santa Ana cathedral before eventually getting to the hotel. This would be an unusual route to take to travel from the airport to the Lopesan Costa Meloneras hotel where the filming took place, as downtown Las Palmas is about 13 miles to the north from the airport, and the Costa Meloneras is more than 20 miles in the exact opposite direction, at the southern end of the island. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: Hi! What can I get for you ladies today?
Maddie: Would you... date someone in their sixties?
Waitress: I'm sorry?
Eva: Er... French toast. That really looked good.
Maddie: Would you go out with a man in his sixties. It's a simple question. My husband just left me for someone who could be your twin.
Waitress: Oh my god. Are you Maddie Reynolds?
Maddie: Yeah.
Waitress: My friend Clarissa just moved in with your ex-husband.
Maddie: [is distraught] Oh my god.
Eva: We shall have a Spanish omelet.
[...]
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Rumours
Performed by Candy
Written, Arranged, and Produced by Deni Lew and Matt Thomson
Published by Songs in Lew
Copyright Control 2015
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weak writing
22 December 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Eva Fenton (Shirley MacLaine) buries her husband as her best friend Maddie Reynolds (Jessica Lange) hysterically cries at the funeral. She's alone except for her daughter Crystal (Demi Moore) who is looking to sell her home. She is shocked when her husband's $50k life insurance arrives with an erroneous $5 million payout. Maddie's husband ran off with his young secretary and she's sick. Eva decides to take Maddie on a vacation to the Canary Islands where Eva falls for Chandler (Billy Connolly). Meanwhile, insurance investigator Alvin Vespucci (Howard Hesseman) and Crystal chase them to retrieve the money.

Andy Tennant may not be a top level director but the flaws here are mostly due to the writing. MacLaine and Lange try their best but they can't overcome the weak writing. It has some bad sitcom writing. When it tries to be broad, it doesn't know how to do it right. The only saving grace is the legendary actors on the screen. I stayed with this for them but I was not rewarded.


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