Amy Poehler's 'Wine Country' Is Based on Her Real Vacations With Pals Fey, Rudolph and Dratch
There’s nothing better than a great road trip with your best gal pals, and no one understands that more than Amy Poehler.
Known for her work on “SNL,” “Parks & Recreation,” and Upright Citizens Brigade, Poehler is making her directorial debut with the Netflix original film “Wine Country,” about a group of longtime friends who go on a trip to the Napa wine region.
The plot centers around Poehler's character, who organizes a birthday getaway for her friend’s 50th birthday (which she did in real life for Rachel Dratch). The planned weekend manages to go awry (of course), and they get into some hilarious antics along the way.
Written by Emily Spivey and former “SNL” writer Liz Cackowski, the film is based on the experiences Poehler, Spivey, and their real-life friends — including Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, and Paula Pell — have had on vacation, according to an interview with Vanity Fair. Tina Fey also stars.
According to Vanity Fair, Gasteyer’s husband described the film as “the female version of The Hangover, set in wine country.” But the film is so much more than that, according to the collaborators.
“There's just not enough films that take full advantage of what it's like to be our age and to be around women that have known you for a really long time but aren't competing for the same job or the same guy,” Poehler told Vanity Fair.
“Wine Country” premieres on Netflix on May 10, so stock up on your rosé and popcorn as soon as possible.