Old men walking

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods
Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.
Rated 3.0

This mildly amusing little film is based on Bill Bryson’s book about the trek he and a friend took on the Appalachian Trail, but with the characters’ ages increased to match those of the movie’s stars, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Thus, A Walk in the Woods becomes in part a kind of docudrama about two aging actors playing themselves and doing standard-issue bits of grumpy-old-man comedy.

The screenplay sets up a few narrative lines on which to hang a series of semicomic episodes, with occasional pauses for Bryson-like ruminations.

Ken Kwapis’ direction is mostly uninspired; the wisecracking is glib and predictable, and only a little is gained from the briefly sparkling contributions of Emma Thompson (as Bryson’s wife), Mary Steenburgen (as a motel-based temptress), Kristen Schaal (as a very opinionated hiker), Nick Offerman (as a camping-gear salesman), and Susan McPhail (as a laundromat-based temptress).