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Wild Oats (2016)

Everything changes for Eva when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for five million dollars instead of the expected fifty thousand dollars. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.


Andy Tennant


Claudia Myers (screenplay by), Gary Kanew (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Eva
Jessica Lange ... Maddie
Demi Moore ... Crystal
Ptolemy Slocum ... Luke
Colin Walker ... Ben
Robert Collier ... Minister
Geraldine Singer ... Mourner #2
Susan Parker Susan Parker ... Mourner #3
Vincent De Paul ... Mourner #6
Rachel Deacon ... Monique
Lynne Ashe ... Laurie
Ben Temple ... Dr. Ferguson
Marnee Carpenter ... Waitress
Morgan Deare Morgan Deare ... Greg (as Morgan Kelley Deare)
Chad Gall ... Eric


A retired widow who hits the jackpot when she receives a life insurance check mistakenly made out for five million dollars instead of fifty thousand dollars. She and her best friend then take off, only to become media sensations and fugitives from justice.

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Newly rich. Newly single. Forever young.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The movie was shot in Gran Canaria, Spain. One of the producers, Nicolas Veinberg, said that his family had ties with Gran Canaria since his grandfather used to vacation there before moving from Russia to Argentina. See more »


When Eva and Maddie are taken to their hotel after arriving at Gran Canaria airport, they are being chauffeured through the middle of the island's capital Las Palmas, passing the famous Santa Ana cathedral before eventually getting to the hotel. This would be an unusual route to take to travel from the airport to the Lopesan Costa Meloneras hotel where the filming took place, as downtown Las Palmas is about 13 miles to the north from the airport, and the Costa Meloneras is more than 20 miles in the exact opposite direction, at the southern end of the island. See more »


Eva: [In Spanish, subtitled in English] I'm coming, my love! Daddy lost his balls in the jungle again. Mommy is coming!
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Performed by Candy
Written, Arranged, and Produced by Deni Lew and Matt Thomson
Published by Songs in Lew
Copyright Control 2015
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Life alert! MacLaine and Lange as best friends on an illicit getaway...
25 December 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine, a recently-widowed retired schoolteacher, and Jessica Lange, her best friend of 40 years who was recently dumped by her husband, decide to take advantage of an insurance agency's error and deposit MacLaine's check for $50,000,000 that should have been made out for $50,000; Howard Hesseman, the agency's oldest employee, is selected as the patsy who must get the company's money back or be fired. Geriatric travelogue takes the ladies to Gran Canaria, a picturesque island in Spain, where Shirley is taken in by con-artist Billy Connolly, who prays on wealthy widowed tourists. With so much plot packed into its 86-minute running time, it's no wonder that director Andy Tennant wasn't able to keep it all together. The opening scenes, with MacLaine behaving addle-brained and Lange acting much older than she actually is, are funny and silly but tolerable; second-half in Spain becomes a squashy narrative mess, with lots of 'cute' asides between the gals, who banter in a casual low-key, gamble, meet men, end their sex droughts, and never miss a chance to hug or cry. It's a little old lady's wish-fulfillment fantasy done up like a TV sitcom. ** from ****

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Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,554, 18 September 2016

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