Wishing for Quicksand

Released to theaters last weekend to little fanfare, Wishing for Quicksand is yet another one of those Luke Wilson road movies that seem to come along every couple years. Cast once again as a soulful sad sack, even Luke Wilson seems bored playing another a down on his luck hometown hero who has to hit the road on a journey that will lead him to encounter a ensemble of quirky supporting characters and in the end find a measure of redemption (and even happiness).


If you can’t distinguish the plot described above from the last two Luke Wilson road movies, you’re not alone. There’s little in Wishing for Quicksand that couldn’t be traded out for a nearly identical component from Waiting for My Wings (2015) or A Slow Ride on a High Road (2013). Personally, I haven’t enjoyed a Luke Wilson road movie since Lowdown Country Swing (2009), and Wishing for Quicksand is certainly a far cry from my personal favorite Life o’ Crime, Life o’ Mine (2002).  

Facing diminishing returns at the box office and increasingly hostile notices from critics, I’m optimistic this will be one of the last Luke Wilson road movies I’m forced to sit through. If not, then in the words of Wishing for Quicksand‘s Pete Deanston (Luke Wilson): “Might be about time to pack it in after all these years.”

TL;DR – There’s nothing fresh or original about the latest Luke Wilson road movie.

What the rest of the critics are saying:

“As far as Luke Wilson road movies go, it’s no All Roads Lead to Arlington, Texas (2000).” – Reggie Becker Dodley,  NPR

“At least it’s better than Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2007).” – Tara Carker, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Who keeps going to see these Luke Wilson road movies? Could you please stop for the sake of my sanity?” – Bin Everly, San Jose Mercury News

“There’s something reassuring about Wishing for Quicksand. It may be familiar, but it’s full of the homespun wisdom and salt-of-the-earth sense of humor that I crave around this time of year.” – Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com

“The characters and plot in Wishing for Quicksand are nearly identical to Slippin’ on Down the Highway (2005), which isn’t even the best Luke Wilson road movie.” – Tad Gompers, ScreenAnarchy

“Hat’s off to Luke Wilson – you finally lost me after all these years.” – Brian Truitt, USA Today

“There’s barely been a change to the formula of these movies since Hat’s Off to Ya (1999). Even James Bond movies evolve faster.” – Tidbis Volurian, IGN Movies

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