THE STORY OF FOUR GENERATIONS OF MEN WHO ARE SUDDENLY BROUGHT TOGETHER BY THE CHANCE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR FAMILY'S PAST. THE JOURNEY WILL TAKE THEM OUT ON THE ROAD TO AWORLD FULL OF SURPRISES.
Around the Bend
concerns four generations of Lair men. There's eccentric patriarch Henry (Michael Caine), prodigal son Turner (Christopher Walken), bitter grandson Jason (Josh Lucas), and great-grandson Zach (Jonah Bobo). Shortly after Turner arrives in L.A. for a surprise visit, the ailing Henry dies. The remaining three take off on the road trip he had insisted on before his untimely passing. Jason is none too pleased--after all, his father ran out on him 30 years ago--but it was his Henry's dying wish. So there they are on the way to New Mexico, where long-buried secrets will finally be revealed. Heartwarming, if predictable, Around the Bend
represents the softer side of its three leads and Walken is particularly effective in an uncharacteristic role (i.e., miles away from The Deer Hunter
). His Turner is a bit odd, to be sure, but mostly he's just a regular guy who's made a few--rather substantial--mistakes. --Kathleen C. Fennessy