Usually when I’m picking out a movie or show to watch, I’ll check out the IMDB rating to help guide my choice. Typically speaking, the ratings fall in line with my perspective and it’s a good indicator. So when I was trying to make a decision on what to watch last night, I was hesitant about the 5.4/10 rating for Wine Country. To give some perspective, Batman Forever and American Pie: Beta House both have the same rating, both of which are abominations of what are otherwise outstanding franchises. Luckily for me, I was undeterred by the low rating, as I am a gigantic Amy Poehler fan.
After watching WIne Country, I can safely vouch for it as a top-notch comedy that is well worth the viewing time. I’m not going to go into a full review, but I will say that I laughed out loud more than a few times, and the chemistry between the leads was genuine and charismatic. The plot was nothing revolutionary, and the comedy didn’t push any boundaries, but I left the movie feeling entertained and glad that I had ignored the low IMDB score.
We all know that online reviewers lack credibility and are often very trollish, but I just had to know WHY people rated this as low as they did. So here is a sampling of the IMDB reviews for Wine Country:
This extremely passive-aggressive review misses the mark by basing its argument upon a scene it labels as pivotal, but in actuality is quite a minor bit. Is it accurate of the scene? Sure. But making fun of a millennial art show for 3 minutes, while making fun of themselves for the rest, is hardly a reason to write such an obtuse attempt at a satirical review. The reviewer just comes across as a crusty Fran Drescher fan (it’ll make sense when you see it).
Oh cool, another “clever” attempt to roast a movie called Wine Country by talking about pairing it with “cheesy comedy.” Get it? Cheesy? Like, wine and cheese? This review quickly goes off the rail, like after the first sentence the writer chugged a Franzia and took a big ol’ hit of meth. Solid mic drop at the end. Get some help.
Humor is certainly subjective, but 6 bads to describe the jokes? Seems excessive, but ok. I will, however, call BS on cancelling Netflix. I love Netflix, but there are some truly TERRIBLE items in their content. To say this was the tipping point is complete and utter nonsense. I mean, credibility was lost with the disastrous writing of this review, but now you’re just making a fool of yourself.
You know when you meet someone and say you’re from some large metropolitan area of a few million people, and they’re like, “Oh wow, do you know so-and-so?” To say you “actually LIVE in wine country” and make the argument that NOBODY would act like that is absurd. In a million years I would not want to know this person. Seems like a grade-A asshole.
The title says it all here. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess this reviewer is a conservative white woman, and I still don’t know what the problem is. This movie is not political at all. There is one joke about Ted Nugent, and a couple of the characters are lesbians. Obviously this snowflake took umbrage with something in order to give it a 1 star, but I don’t see how “white girl issues” don’t align with a conservative white woman set of values. So I guess if you’re Laura Ingram, this movie is NOT for you.
No, you didn’t.
You went in thinking this would be a combination of Bridesmaids and The Hangover, and you had LOW expectations?!?! You are definitely the problem here, and your girlfriend should probably break up with you.
I don’t think you know how the movie industry works. Studios don’t require approval from actors to release a movie. What a dumb question you just asked. Furthermore, “career ending comedy”? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in a movie called The Tooth Fairy (5.0/10 rating, btw) — ask him how’s he’s doing these days.
Needless to say, I disagree with all of these reviewers. And yes, I realize many of them are being hyperbolic with the hopes of someday having their review marked “helpful” by a handful of strangers. But I can’t shake the thought that if I weren’t such a big fan of these women, I would have missed this little gem because of some asshat reviewers.
I’m not calling for some great change or censorship of moronic reviews. I simply want you to know that Wine Country is a damn good watch with more than a handful of hearty laughs.