The fact that this didn't resonate with me as much might not be the film's fault. Perhaps I just identify more with a film about males attempting to bond than a single woman on her own. I'm not sure, but my gut sense was that Old Joy was magical at times and this film is simply a very good movie. And I really didn't mean for that to sound like the damning praise that it seems like.
I was quite amused by this disclaimer in the New York Times review of the film.
“Wendy and Lucy” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). It has some swearing, a little drug use and a brief implication of violence, but no nudity, sex or murder. The rating seems to reflect, above all, an impulse to protect children from learning that people are lonely and that life can be hard.Directed by Kelly Reichardt