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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

also known as “¿Donde estás, Bernadette?,” “Bernadette,” “Bernadette a disparu,” “Cadê Você, Bernadette?,” “Che fine ha fatto Bernadette?,” “Dónde estás, Bernadette?,” See more »
MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for some strong language and drug material.

Check back later for review coming from contributor Shawna Ellis by Aug 20

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Mystery Comedy Drama Adaptation
2 hr. 10 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
August 16, 2019 (wide—2,404 theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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Disappearance of a loved one

Anxiety-ridden mother

Agoraphobia / agoraphobic / hates leaving the house due to anxiety

Hating people in general, especially the other parents at her daughter’s school

Discovering mother’s troubled past

Reconnecting with one’s creative passions

Taking a leap of faith

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Featuring: Cate BlanchettBernadette Fox
Billy CrudupElgie
Judy GreerDr. Kurtz
Kristen WiigAudrey
Troian BellisarioBecky
Laurence Fishburne
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson … Captain J. Rouverol
Claudia Doumit … Iris
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Director: Richard Linklater
Producer: Annapurna Pictures
Color Force
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Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ is based on the bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all—a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

The novel by Maria Semple remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for a year and remained for 72 weeks on NPR’s Paperback Fiction Bestseller List.

Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) is an agoraphobic architect and mother, who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. She hates people, she hates leaving the house, and more than anything, she hates the other parents at her daughter's school. After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee (Emma Nelson) does everything she can to find out where she is and what really happened to her, discovering her troubled past in the process.”

  • Profane language: • J*sus Chr*st • G*d (many) • d*mn • H*ll (2)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: • f-words, including “F*** you” • s-words • a** • cr*p • ba*tard • b*tch
  • Alcohol/Drugs: both (moderate)
  • Violence: • mudslide through house • foot run over by car
  • Sex: • kiss
  • Nudity: none

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Secular Movie Critics
…it takes some liberties with the original plot, but it still holds true to the endearing charm of the book… overall the movie is a delightful escape with several laugh-out-loud moments…
Melissa Yeager, Arizona Republic
…messy, tonally confusing… for what seems like the longest stretch of time, we are given no real reason to care about any of these people or their various quirks… strange and frustratingly uneven… [1/4]
Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
…the film sees Bernadette’s quirks not as deficiencies, but as inevitable side effects of life’s persistent curveballs… If “Bernadette” is Linklater and Blanchett’s collaborative expression of the right balance between parenting and artistry, it’s a curiously anodyne affair that proposes the distinctly unenlightening—and privileged—idea that the medicine against despair is just a little R&R. [1½/4]
Carson Lund, Slant magazine
…The film is not without its problems, but its focus on the power of a mother-daughter bond and what can befall creative people when they no longer create generates considerable emotion by the close. …
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
…It’s the kind of adaptation that is so misjudged that you end up struggling to see why anyone thought it a good idea to adapt in the first place…
Benjamin Lee, The Guardian [UK]
…lousy… the teary moments, powerful-ish messages and sardonic humor go together like cheesecake and ketchup… [1/4]
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…Amusing and sleepy pretty much describe this movie… [Bernadette’s] self-dramatization, her big gestures and grandiosity, when wedded with Blanchett’s emphatic dominance are simply too big for what’s meant to be a diminished character. The story needs Bernadette to be vulnerable to work. …
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times