Three men who were best friends in high school but have lost touch, receive a call about the passing of a mutual friend. They reunite in Jeju to attend the funeral: Joong-pil (Sin Ha-gyoon) who works at a major company and hopes for retirement, Soo-tak (Park Hee-soon) who has been taking the public worker exam for 13 years, and Eun-dong (Oh Man-seok), a philandering news anchor who is harboring deep seated personal issues that he hides within his overly cocky, veneered public personality.
DETOUR is an often funny look at Korean machismo, keeping up with the Joneses, and how high school will forever haunt us, no matter where we are in life. A more slap-sticky rendition of a Hong Sang-soo film, the ensemble cast are both hilarious and heartfelt and it’s a breath of fresh air to see a Korean film about modern relationships that don’t involve cops and killers.
— Anderson Le