|MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
||[Jul. 26th, 2009|02:05 pm]
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MIDDLE OF NOWHERE|
the movie, not the Hansen album
Starring Susan Sarandon, Anton Yelchin, and Eva Amurri
This review is very light on the spoilers & doesn't divulge any major plot turns.
The Anton Yelchin enthusiasts over at ontd_startrek turned me on to this indie dramedy that's like a more organic, less eager to please version of Adventureland. It follows Grace, a young woman with pre-med ambitions who is turned down for college financing because her mother has destroyed her credit rating. She now has to raise a large sum of money for college by the end of the summer at her minimum wage job at a waterpark.
Damion is Grace's co-worker. Anton Yelchin plays him as a modern day, ADD-prone hippie whose misbehavior has lead his wealthy adoptive parents to send him to stay with his middle-class uncle for a summer of "character building." Damion is immediately attracted to Grace, her brainy focus complimenting his aimless enthusiasm.
Grace's mom (Susan Sarandon) is used to getting by on her charm and her somewhat morally-questionable schemes, but is now left with fading beauty, a dilapidated mansion, and two fatherless daughters (the father committed suicide six years ago). She hangs her hopes on Grace's younger sister Taylor, pressuring the beautiful teen into a modeling career while ignoring Grace's own ambitions for med school.
Damion enlists Grace in his pot-selling "business," knowing she needs the money and hoping to win her affection. Taylor, meanwhile, is looking for her sister's friendship. Throughout that summer, the three form a bond that evolves as each learns the truth- the complicated, imperfect truth- of themselves and their origins.
I found the film to be an interesting character study that doesn't necessarily provide "right" or "wrong" answers, but rather forces the viewer to put some contemplation into the experience. Definitely worth a spot in your Netflix queue.