Written and directed by Katherine Dieckman, known for music videos, "Strange Weather" recyles well-worn movie themes, most prominently "Thelma and Louise."
Dieckmann hits a range of stereotypes: feisty Southern women, sensitive young men, evil capitalists, Louisiana Cajuns, a bar owner with a gruff exterior and loving heart. The film seems like a film school offering cooked up from one of these "how to write screenplays" books.
After her stirring turn in the "Big Sick," Hunter's tough and tender Southern gal in cowboy hat and cutoffs grows tiresome. Her thin arms made me worry about Hunter's health. Hunter gives an overly emotive demonstration of acting techniques rather than a coherent performance.
Coon, who gained recognition for HBO's "The Leftovers" and FX's "Fargo," comes off as a country-fried Carol Burnett. She hits a few high points, but her interactions with Hunter fizzle.
The late Glenne Headly in one of her final performances raises the film's energy level. Kim Coates as Hunter's love interest also displays emotional depth.
Dieckman's script emits a few sparks, but the disparate themes don't cohere. In one scene, Hunter reacts to heat lightning. That's what "Strange Weather" generates rather than the real thing.