Intended as a generational-throwback deliberation on hippy male friendship, Kelly Reichardt’s self-important movie fails to scratch the surface of the subject that it pretends to intimately know. Childhood friends Mark (Daniel London) and Kurt (Will Oldham) renew their connection after years of separation on a weekend retreat to Oregon’s Cascade Mountains where they bathe in a natural hot springs and smoke pot. Kurt makes a sexual overture that Mark may or may not respond to before the inarticulate duo make their way home for Mark to reunite with his wife, and Kurt returns to his unruly vagabond lifestyle. Annoying, blank, and bereft of any narrative arc "Old Joy" has nothing familiar or enchanting to recommend it.
Not Rated, 76 mins. (D) (One Star)