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Wild - 'may be just a tad too self-helpy for some (read: male) viewers'

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Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Reese Witherspoon in Wild

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Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Drama: Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadowski, Michel Huisman, Gaby Hoffman. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Cert 15A

Films in which people set off to find themselves usually lose me by the halfway stage but this prime slice of Oscar-bait just about manages to get over the line without falling into Eat Pray Love territory.

The director of Dallas Buyers Club brings us the true story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon, who also produced), a young woman who, in 1995, decided to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the Canadian border in order to purge her inner demons and come to grips with the death of her mother, seen in flashback played by the great Laura Dern.

It’s an episodic movie with some lovely scenery and a strong central turn from Witherspoon but the constant learning of life lessons may be just a tad too self-helpy for some (read: male) viewers.

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