It's 30 going on 70 when a big, freaky Friday weekend in Palm Springs goes vice versa after young Mack (Elizabeth Lail) enters a past life regression pod (aka a tanning bed) only to magically (read: inexplicably) emerge as her senior self, Rita (Diane Keaton). (Mack’s skin-tight leggings do wonders for Keaton’s fit, pipe-cleaner stems.) Keaton, who also produced, is swinging for the bleachers, and while this little ditty about Mack and Dianne does the best that it can, the script fails her at every turn, starting with its infantile depiction of old people. Rita is surrounded by a quartet of widowed seniors, and of the four only Loretta Devine is given much to work. Poor Lois Smith (East of Eden, 5 Easy Pieces) is reduced to playing a horny oldster, proficient in the art of the simpering butterfly flick. What little plot there is involves Rita tracking down the traveling pod in order to necessitate a return to normal. The film’s biggest saving grace is Taylour Paige’s performance as Mack’s BFF Carla. She’s as close as the film comes to finding touch with reality, a component desperately needed to make this ancient premise tick. Katie Aselton directed a script by Madeline Walter and Paul Welsh. (2022) — Scott Marks
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