WHAT'S IT ABOUT

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play the husband and wife of an American family on a ski holiday in the Alps that are forced to examine their relationship in the aftermath of a near-miss with an avalanche.

What did we think

  1. Peter Linning March 8, 2020

    While it's definitely got a few laugh out loud moments, Downhill feels a bit disconnected and struggles to find the right balance of family drama and dark humour. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is especially good in the more dramatic scenes, but Will Ferrell brings so much of his screen persona with him that he feels a little out of place. Miranda Otto has a scene-stealing supporting role that's the source of most of the laughs, but the movie never veers far enough into heavy dramatic or comedic territory to really engage.

    Downhill is quite short, but also slow-paced, giving it an almost lo-fi vibe. The story is small-scale, dramatic and comedic elements are all a little muted, and the stakes are low. It's not a bad movie, but with such big comedy names, you can't help but feel there's wasted potential here. 2.5 / 5

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