Have you ever been to a really uncomfortable dinner party? It’s the worst. However, when it’s not actually you squirming through the event, all of the drama can be kind of mesmerizing to watch.
That’s the setup of Beatriz at Dinner. Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is a massage therapist who becomes stranded at her client Kathy’s (Connie Britton) home/mansion after her car won’t start. Kathy just so happens to be entertaining guests later that night and invites Beatriz to stay over. Let’s just say that Kathy comes to sorely regret that decision.
While waiting for everyone to arrive, we learn that Beatriz had helped Kathy’s teenage daughter return to health after undergoing cancer treatment, and that Beatriz is a devout animal lover. (We also get a chance to reconfirm that Salma Hayek has the most soothing voice ever. Seriously, just listen to her in this movie. She needs to record meditation podcasts or something because her voice is really that calming.)
Back to the awful dinner party! Kathy’s guests — including Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), a famous real estate developer her husband is trying to impress — start arriving, and things get awkward when John mistakes Beatriz for a member of the house staff. But that’s nothing compared to when after-dinner drinks are in full swing and John passes around pictures of the animals he’s killed while game-hunting in Africa. Beatriz is horrified and things go downhill — quickly.
While there’s no denying the parallels and references to many of the tense political issues making headlines these days, Hayek and Lithgow are fantastic to watch as they verbally battle it out — the passionate healer versus the billionaire you love to hate.
Beatriz at Dinner is one of those movies that makes you ask yourself, “What would I do in that situation?” (But let’s all hope that none of us have to ever actually BE at such a horrible party! *Shudders.*)
By: Redbox Writer, Erika Olson