Everything changes for Eva when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50 thousand. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.
A retired widow who hits the jackpot when she receives a life insurance check mistakenly made out for $5,000,000 instead of $50.000. She and her best friend then take off, only to become media sensations and fugitives from justice.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of Gran Canaria, where the movie takes place, was ranked as the city with the best climate in the world in a 1996 scientific study called "Pleasant Weather Ratings" by Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology at Syracuse University, New York. See more »
[Looking at her bank balance on her laptop]
If the insurance people call I can say "Why? Look, it's right there. I have nothing to hide." In the meantime we can sit around and enjoy watching the money. I *could* pay off Frank's hospital bills, and... er... the dishwasher is broken.
Yeah, with five million bucks you can even replace your shower curtain.
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Maclaine and Lange shine in what should have been a TV movie
I'm giving this a 7 because of the acting and the feel-good story. We need that nowadays, and I won't diminish it.
"Wild Oats" stars Shirley Maclaine as a widow, Eve, who receives a $5 million check from her husband's insurance when it was supposed to be $50,000 - and she knows it. After attempting to reach the insurance company and getting the runaround from their automated voice system, Maclaine and her best friend Maddie (Jessica Lange) decide to spend it.
They take off for a resort in Spain; meanwhile, the insurance company is onto them and has sent an elderly insurance man (Howard Hesseman) after Eve.
Maddie and Eve, meanwhile, are having the time of their lives, Eve with a charming old man, Chandler (Billy Connelly) and Maddie with a hot young stud (Jay Hayden).
This is somewhat predictable but the cast, which includes Demi Moore as Eve's daughter, makes it watchable.
It's a slight story and it didn't belong in a theater (though Sony disagrees - apparently it debuted on Lifetime before hitting the theaters) but I won't trash anything that makes me smile like this one did.
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