Two young middle-class women scatter the ashes of their recently deceased friend Dan on a road trip to four corners of the UK in Chanya Button’s comedy drama. It’s a very uneven ride. The screenplay seems partly inspired by William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and by Jack Kerouac’s On The Road (whose most famous passage provides the title of the film) but the tone here is very Middle England. The women are driving in a borrowed Volvo. Their ports of call include rural Shropshire, Wales, York and Scotland. Dan speaks to the women from beyond the grave in a series of irreverent pre-recorded video messages which they watch after each stop. Seph (Laura Carmichael, best known as Lady Edith from Downton Abbey) and Alex (Chloe Pirrie) are in their late twenties, both with “relationship” issues and at a transitional point in their lives.
On their journey, they drink too much, behave badly in Welsh nightclubs and have encounters with all sorts of oddballs. They also learn to “make the most” out of “every little tiny second they breathe”. Often very maudlin, the film has a nice line in eccentric, screwball humour and at least some of the energy its title promises. It also benefits from the very lively performances by Carmichael and Pirrie as the two friends trying to make sense of their own muddled lives even as they grieve their friend.
Geoffrey Macnab, Independent