A cantankerous aging actor is forced to go on a road trip across America with his son, who he hasn’t spoken with for some 15 years, to reach his daughter’s wedding.
Jeremy Irons (“Red Sparrow“, “High-Rise“) plays Atticus, an actor who, after receiving his lifetime achievement award in which he berates award ceremonies and claims “there’s plenty of life left in the old dog yet”, promptly has a heart attack at the after party.
Atticus has been partying hard for many years, girls, booze, drugs, not necessarily in that order but always in large quantities.
He is hell bent on getting to his daughter’s wedding and being ready to take on his next starring role as god. However, the doctors inform him he can’t fly, and the studio aren’t convinced he can stay clean.
Atticus’s assistant Jimmy, Ben Schwartz (“Parks And Recreation (TV)”, “House Of Lies (TV)”), convinces him that the only way he’s going to get where he’s going is if his son Adam, Jack Huston (“Pride And Prejudice And Zombies“, “American Hustle”), takes him.
This is a problem. The two have barely spoken in 15 years, Atticus thinks Adam ratted him out to his ex-wife whilst Adam has grown up with an absent father and blames him for much. Adam is also waiting on some cancer test results but decides to keep that little nugget to himself, though it eats him up, and those around him.