Bonneville (2006)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 February 2008 (Canada)
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Three women take a road trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter.


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Margene Cunningham
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Evelyn Brimm (as Ivey Mitchell)
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The distressed emotions that Arvilla Holden are feeling upon the death of her husband Joe Holden are compounded by dealing with Joe's adult daughter, Francine Packer. Joe and Arvilla were lovingly married for twenty years, and although they lived in Pocatello, Idaho - Arvilla's home town - they traveled the world on one adventure after another. Joe was from Santa Barbara, California, where Francine and the extended Holden family still live. Arvilla is certain that Joe wrote a new will after they got married, but since that will is nowhere to be found, the official will is the one that Francine has in her possession, which outlines certain things that Arvilla knows Joe would not now have wanted. That will states that Joe's embalmed body is to be interned with Francine's mother in Santa Barbara, despite Joe already having been cremated. Arvilla knows that Joe would have wanted his ashes scattered into the wind. The will also deeds the house in which Arvilla and Joe lived their entire ... Written by Huggo

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will | ashes | time | road trip | lake | See All (102) »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

29 February 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Por siempre amigas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$174,571 (USA) (29 February 2008)


$488,393 (USA) (11 April 2008)

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Rose Ranger was commissioned to write and performed the song "Soul Sisters" for Bonneville's premiere screening at The Toronto International Film Festival. See more »


A stretch of highway with a large distinctive rock formation in the background is seen right before the scene in which Arvilla gives her friends their sunglasses and scarves. Much later in the film, when they are supposedly in another state, the same stretch of road with the unique rock formation (also same trees, etc.) is seen again. See more »


Carol: I can't leave Arlo alone that long!
Margene: Well how would you know? You haven't left his side since highschool.
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Margene: Trips to the ladies' room don't count.
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This is a real treat a movie composed of all the essential ingredients. I gave it a 10.
8 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the funniest movie I have seen in a very long time. I went to the movies with a group of friends and we all agreed, why can't there be more of these kind of movies? We experienced some sadness and a roller coaster of emotions. Many of them included truly funny, funny comedy. The actors and actress' were casted so well. Kathy Bates is hysterical. I really can't believe anyone could see this and not give it a thumbs up. Bring it on..... more good movies like this one! The scenery was certainly a big plus for this movie also. If you want a short trip across our great country and to be entertained while watching it, go see Bonneville, if in fact, they allow it to be shown at the movies. We saw no sex and no murders, hope that does not disqualify this as a winning movie.

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