Rating: PG-13 for mature sexual themes and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 51
Groden (Joan Allen) has a problem. Totally
isolated on her folksy
Grab a hoe and attack her vegetable garden in the nude, that’s what. Allen takes Map by storm, projecting a powerful strength and grace as an iconoclastic soul under fire.
Up front and center is Arlene’s precocious pre-teener Bo (Valentina de Angelis), a true circa 1974 original. Bo is excessively bright and bursting with enthusiastic anticipation for the world beyond her insular bohemian existence.
Enter I.R.S. agent William Gibbs (Jim True-Frost) who literally stumbles onto the Groden’s property with a whopping bill for back income taxes. The Grodens are living beyond the pale and haven’t filed for seven years.
While Bo takes matters into her own hands by ordering the family’s first credit card and crafting a plan for escaping her home-schooled existence, Arlene ponders Charley’s descent into catatonia and a very bleak future.
Director Campbell Scott plays it slow and easy, a tad too ruminative for those who prefer snappier pacing. Charley’s disabling anxiety worsens as Gibbs spins tales of his own battles with dysphoria. That tenuous bond is all Gibbs needs to set for a while, foregoing his professional audit and discovering hidden talents of his own (not to mention a mighty powerful penchant for Arlene).
Map is more quirky ensemble piece than literal
narrative. Each player brings a fresh
spirit to the mix, borne of impatience, spirituality or a fervent desire to
live life to the fullest. The