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Wild Oats (2016)

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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.


Andy Tennant


Claudia Myers (screenplay by), Gary Kanew (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Eva
Jessica Lange ... Maddie
Demi Moore ... Crystal
Ptolemy Slocum ... Luke
Colin Walker ... Ben
Robert Collier ... Minister
Geraldine Singer ... Mourner #2
Susan Parker Susan Parker ... Mourner #3
Vincent De Paul ... Mourner #6
Rachel Deacon ... Monique
Lynne Ashe ... Laurie
Ben Temple Ben Temple ... Dr. Ferguson
Marnee Carpenter ... Waitress
Morgan Deare Morgan Deare ... Greg (as Morgan Kelley Deare)
Chad Gall ... Eric


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.

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Newly rich. Newly single. Forever young.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como reinas See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,554, 16 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,598, 22 September 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,312, 16 December 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Eva: [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.
Maddie: Yeah, with five million bucks you can even replace your shower curtain.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Performed by Candy
Written, Arranged, and Produced by Deni Lew and Matt Thomson
Published by Songs in Lew
Copyright Control 2015
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Maclaine and Lange shine in what should have been a TV movie
9 July 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

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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