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You remember the Bill Murray movie that Julia Louis-Dreyfus did where she’s the control freak mom/professional on a family ski trip to Austria when a controlled avalanche triggers an emotional earthquake? Unfortunately, Murray is not in the offbeat “Downhill” (2020). Will Ferrell is in it, playing the aloof husband mourning the loss of his own father while losing the grip on his remaining family bonds. The chemistry between Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell is so authentically bad it’s hard to want them to be together. Murray and another actress (Julianne Moore?) could have rescued this pointedly depressing script – maybe – but why bother?

Tim Meadows is one of the most underrated “Saturday Night Live” cast members and it’s unfortunate he never became a more prominent comedic film star. His highlight is “The Ladies Man” (2000) and it, too, is underrated. Granted, ribald sex comedies are a niche taste, but you don’t feel icky cheering for Meadows, who generates genuinely oblivious sincerity as a talk show host who likes to fool around. The plot’s middle-of-the-road compass reins in the raunch to appropriate levels. Plus, there’s a Julianne Moore cameo and vengeful husband Will Ferrell provides an out-of-nowhere musical number inspired by “West Side Story.”

The first sign of trouble was when the parents dropped their kid off to start college, and they’re dressed like it’s February (it wasn’t). And then there’s sporadic snow for the next several hijinks-filled days. And then the parents are drunk only sometimes when I was expecting “Arthur”-level intoxication. I mean, it’s called “Drunk Parents” (2019). And yet, like, everybody is in this movie (Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Jim Gaffigan, Will Ferrell, Joe Manganiello, Ben Platt, etc.). It’s a half-assed train wreck that looks like it got slapped together over Presidents’ Day weekend, but at least it’s Salma Hayek’s half-ass.