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Robert Redford and Nick Nolte get crotchety in the trailer for A Walk In The Woods

Remember how the funniest parts of Grumpy Old Men were when Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau didn’t act grumpy at all? No? Neither do we, and yet that seems to be the general premise behind A Walk In The Woods, the new comedy whose studio pitch was almost certainly “Grumpy Old Men meets City Slickers.” Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star as two old friends who decide to make the most of their twilight years by hiking the Appalachian trail. And while Nolte appears to be doing a variant on his “gruff ‘n’ crazy” shtick, neither character comes across as particularly funny, so much as they just resemble some guys on a camping trip. The film was directed by Ken Kwapis, who worked on some good TV shows (The Office, Freaks And Geeks), but whose film credits read more like a warning than a promise (License To Wed, He‘s Just Not That Into You). Then again, he also shot Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, and if this movie features Nolte and Redford swapping jeans that flatter their curves, we might really have something.


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