Off the Rails

Published November 23, 2021

Off the Rails

Film info

  • Title Off the Rails
  • Director Jules Williamson
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy
  • Tagline Some trips stay with you for a lifetime

Now in their 50s, four friends re-create an inter-rail journey across Europe, but this time 18-year-old Maddie is taking her mother's place, fulfilling her dying wish.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:45 A food diary with bonus existential crisis.
3:27 JUDI!
6:17 The only funeral song acceptable anymore is Bye Bye Baby.
11:56 “Why did we always end up on the bar?”
18:03 I don’t enjoy a holiday where you need to bring your own bleach.
23:31 Blondie is good soundtrack music.
26:36 “Do you want one?” “I super don’t.”
33:07 Maddie’s a little meddler!
35:37 I love a click of the fingers and “make it happen”.
45:12 Is that the first Apple Pay reference in a movie?? Saved the day!
47:40 Do you have to buy a ticket for a goat on a train?
51:41 “For the love of god, wait for a doctor with hands!”
1:07:46 Ack, I hate the bit where it all goes wrong.
1:16:50 I can see through that plane…
1:19:03 No helmets, no insurance, foreign country, this is a great plan.
1:24:45 No Blondie allowed in the cathedral, obvs.


You pretty much know what you’re getting with this, a truly British film where four friends go travelling in memory of their sadly deceased friend/mum. They all have their own issues and there are some interesting relationship dynamics between them as well, so there’s plenty of adventure along the way. I hadn’t expected it to have such an emotional punch, what with Judi Dench making an appearance as a grieving mother, and the fact that this was Kelly Preston’s last film before she died.

Good story, great characters, and all with a soundtrack of excellent Blondie songs. Every time another song came on, I was like, well that’s it, they’ve run out of good Blondie songs now… and there was always another one just around the corner! Amazing.

Rating: 5 / 5

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