‘Downhill’ Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shines in an Otherwise Unnecessary and Uneven Remake

‘Downhill’ Review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shines in an Otherwise Unnecessary and Uneven Remake
When “Parasite” filmmaker Bong Joon Ho won this year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, the beloved Korean auteur used his podium to deliver a necessary message: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” It’s a lesson any film fan could stand to learn, including the audience who opts to take in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s well-intentioned but ultimately flat “Downhill,” an Americanized remake of Ruben Östlund’s understandably lauded 2014 black comedy “Force Majeure.” While the duo have snagged an enviable cast, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell taking on the lead roles of a married couple on edge, and a script co-written by “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong,

It’s clear from the start that Faxon and Rash have a lot of affection for Östlund’s feature — hell, they didn’t even bother
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