Architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) is settled down with her husband Elgie (Billy Crudup) and their 15-year-old daughter Balakrishna "Bee" (Emma Nelson) in a dilapidated former schoolhouse in Seattle. Bernadette seldom leaves the house or interacts with others, having become agoraphobic. She does not get along with the other parents at Bee's school, especially her neighbor, Audrey Griffin (Kristen Wiig). Despite her misanthropic behavior, Bernadette is exceptionally close to Bee. Bee requests a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for receiving good grades, and her parents reluctantly agree to take her. Shortly after this, Bernadette starts to behave oddly, concerning everyone. She considers using a cocktail of prescription drugs to control her anxiety and insomnia, which grow worse as the Antarctica trip nears. Her feud with Audrey becomes more intense, and at one point Audrey accuses Bernadette of driving over her foot. Then, during a rainstorm, the hillside above Audrey's home, which Bernadette had recently cleared of blackberries, slides into Audrey's garden and house. Although she insists she was only complying with Audrey's request to remove the invasive plants, Elgie accuses Bernadette of knowing that the hill would collapse without the blackberries to hold it in place.
Cate Blanchett as Bernadette Fox
Billy Crudup as Elgie Branch
Emma Nelson as Balakrishna "Bee" Branch
Kristen Wiig as Audrey Griffin
Zoë Chao as Soo-Lin Lee-Segal
David Paymer as Jay Ross
Megan Mullally as Judy Toll
Laurence Fishburne as Paul Jellinek
Steve Zahn as David Walker
Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater from a screenplay by Linklater, Holly Gent, and Vince Palmo, based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semple. It stars Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, and Laurence Fishburne.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette was released on August 16, 2019, by Annapurna Pictures through their United Artists Releasing joint venture. It received mixed reviews from critics.