Last Weekend

This tepid indie comedy lacks a consistent tone; directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams can’t decide whether to satirize or sympathize with their wealthy, self-regarding characters. Patricia Clarkson stars as a rich matriarch who invites her grown sons, who are estranged from each other, and several of their friends to spend a weekend at the family’s second home in Lake Tahoe before she and her husband sell the property. Dolby’s script isn’t devoid of insight, but the pacing is so slack and the performances so flat (except for Clarkson’s) that none of the ideas has any impact. This often feels like a dress rehearsal for a better movie.