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Barstool Cowboy (2009)

Rachel Lien , Tim Woodward  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachel Lien, Tim Woodward, Kreg Gilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Celebrity Video Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FU8JOW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dumped by his girlfriend, Mick (Tim Woodward) an unemployed cowboy resolves to remain on a barstool for the next three months while he tries to find some answers to his life at the bottom of a beer bottle. Then he meets Arcy (Rachel Lien), an aspiring artist. A friendship quickly develops between the two and, as it does so, they begin to transform each other s lives. Mick, especially, finds himself becoming happier, healthier and much more motivated. When I read back over that one paragraph summary, it doesn t sound like a lot. And, to be honest, there isn t a great deal of plot in this film it takes place over a couple of days and Mick and Arcy limit their activities to drinking, dancing, talking and walking. Where the film does score very strongly, however, is in its two main characters, both of whom are well rounded and genuinely sympathetic. It helps, of course, that both Tim Woodward and Rachel Lien put in such strong performances that really do bring their characters to life. So much so that you quickly develop a very real sense of who Mick is and how he gets so burned so easily. And, as the characters come to life on the screen, you do find yourself wanting to know whether, and how, things will work out between the two of them. The other real high point of this film is the soundtrack from Natalie Illeana which is beautifully integrated into the film is such a way as to very effectively convey both the tone of the film and the mood of the characters. Although Barstool Cowboy is a very straightforward story, it s also one that is very well told. The two lead characters are both well rounded and genuinely sympathetic characters are beautifully brought to life by a cast and crew with a very evident talent for visual storytelling. Your reaction to the film s central message will probably depend largely on the extent to which you identify with Mick but, whatever your reaction, this is a film well worth seeing. --Paul Pritchard - Pulpmovies.com

Barstool Cowboy is a great example of an indie movie in it s purest form... a movie that tells an interesting story and doesn t get bogged down in trying to look glitzy and glamorous. I love it when true indie filmmakers, especially those from the Midwest, set out against all odds and make a movie. Barstool Cowboy was written, directed and produced by Mark Thimijan and was shot in Nebraska. Barstool Cowboy stars Tim Woodward as Mick, an unemployed country boy who vows to spend three months perched on his barstool. Mick s had enough of women and their breaking his heart. As Mick sits in the small town bar, drinking and philosophizing about love, women and life, his fellow pub patrons keep him company as he dwells in his failed relationships. Rachel Lien plays Arcy, a teenage girl turns up one day drawing in her sketchbook outside the bar. Mick and the guys in the bar are befuddled by the girl who strikes them as strange. In a moment of weakness, Mick betrays his vow and goes outside to see what this girl s all about. What he finds is an interesting young woman that touches his curiosity and renews his attitude towards life. Mick and Arcy quickly become unlikely friends, keeping each other company and inspiring each other to become better people. Mick goes back to finding work and Arcy finds herself more inspired as an artist. This strictly platonic friendship is more intellectual chemistry than anything sexual, but the film does sometimes feel influenced by the classic tale of Lolita . Mick finds himself down right giidy about his new-found soul mate and goes to great lengths to impress her. Will Mick have finally found someone he can be happy with, or is he merely fooling himself about the opposite sex? Barstool Cowboy offers light humor and intelligent storytelling and enough technical savvy behind the camera to keep us in the story. Personally, I found the ending had a darker tone to it than I had expected, adding texture in place of a candy-coated Hollywood ending. --Travis-WeAreMovieGeeks.com

Dumped by his girlfriend, Mick (Tim Woodward) an unemployed cowboy resolves to remain on a barstool for the next three months while he tries to find some answers to his life at the bottom of a beer bottle. Then he meets Arcy (Rachel Lien), an aspiring artist. A friendship quickly develops between the two and, as it does so, they begin to transform each other s lives. Mick, especially, finds himself becoming happier, healthier and much more motivated. When I read back over that one paragraph summary, it doesn t sound like a lot. And, to be honest, there isn t a great deal of plot in this film it takes place over a couple of days and Mick and Arcy limit their activities to drinking, dancing, talking and walking. Where the film does score very strongly, however, is in its two main characters, both of whom are well rounded and genuinely sympathetic. It helps, of course, that both Tim Woodward and Rachel Lien put in such strong performances that really do bring their characters to life. So much so that you quickly develop a very real sense of who Mick is and how he gets so burned so easily. And, as the characters come to life on the screen, you do find yourself wanting to know whether, and how, things will work out between the two of them. The other real high point of this film is the soundtrack from Natalie Illeana which is beautifully integrated into the film is such a way as to very effectively convey both the tone of the film and the mood of the characters. Although Barstool Cowboy is a very straightforward story, it s also one that is very well told. The two lead characters are both well rounded and genuinely sympathetic characters are beautifully brought to life by a cast and crew with a very evident talent for visual storytelling. Your reaction to the film s central message will probably depend largely on the extent to which you identify with Mick but, whatever your reaction, this is a film well worth seeing. --Paul Pritchard-Pulpmovies.com

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Sitting on a barstool for three months to drink away his doldrums turns out to be the best decision dejected cowboy Mick (Tim Woodward) has ever made. For one thing, he meets Arcy (Rachel Lien), an up-and-coming artist who seems to be changing his life. They couldn't be more different. But there's something about Mick that's helping Arcy find herself, too, in this indie drama from writer-director Mark Thimijan.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see April 17, 2010
Format:DVD
In this movie Tim Woodward puts on a fine performance. Which in short makes this movie a must see. Tim Woodwards great work has only left me wanting more and screaming encore at the top of my lungs. Again this movie is a must buy for any one who wants to watch a great story unfold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Hilarious. Must See. March 3, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I originally caught this film on Netflix and couldn't stop watching it. I held onto my rental for so long, I figured I should just buy the DVD already.

Now the DVD itself isn't that well produced, it's kind of cheap, but the film is so amazing that the package doesn't matter, it's what's inside that counts.

BARSTOOL COWBOY is truly a gem of a film. It's original, well written, and even though the production value is obviously pretty low, the film has heart. I really treasure this film.

There is also a sense of humor that the film has that I cannot properly define. It's the type of humor that isn't forced, like big budget Hollywood films. It's organic to the movie and when the laughs come, they hit hard.

I've tried to force all my friends to watch this film, some at gun point, but they don't see the magic that I see in it and that's a shame.

I look forward to this director's next films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great romantic dramedy. November 29, 2009
By Matt
Format:DVD
Barstool Cowboy stars Darrel Hammond and Avril Lavigne look-a-likes Tim Woodward and Rachel Lien (As Mick and Arcy, respectively) as two more characters out to find themselves, or their former selves, in the case of Mick.

Mick has just been dumped by his girlfriend in a "cruel way" (as he describes it), and has confined himself - and his briar patch beard - to a stool at the local bar. As he discusses his problem with whomever listens, he confides that he's willing to stay in the stool for three months... seemingly hoping his old girlfriend will come looking for him in that time, so that he may beg for forgiveness.

Shortly into his tenure at the bar, a woman is spotted outside, drawing sketches of the building. The men inside complain about women like her, and how they can be spotted from a mile away simply by spotting their Chuck Taylor's. After Mick blows off the drunk suggestions of the patrons, he goes outside to see what she's up to.

Soon enough, Mick finds himself enamored with Arcy, the fittingly artsy student. They spend several days together, going from place to place, while Arcy unknowingly starts to release Mick from his lull - to his amazement. Unfortunately, around the same time, Arcy begins telling Mick - "Don't fall in love with me".

As we follow this love story, we quickly get wrapped up in the characters of Mick and Arcy - you want to know how their story will end, despite some nagging issues with the film. The actors that portray Mick and Arcy are the two best onscreen - this is very evident from as early as the second and third scenes of the movie. When you can clearly see that certain people were picked to star in a movie because they were better than the other eight people that showed up on casting day, you get a sinking feeling.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A "Bar" above the Rest! November 8, 2009
Format:DVD
This is a sweet little movie - not perfect mind you - but filled with so many pleasures that it's simply irresistable. The main pleasure is the acting - the film boasts wonderful performances from its two leads, Rachel Lien and Tim Woodward. Another pleasure is watching the fine camerawork - a rarity for a film shot on a small budget like this one. Finally, one has to give a lot of credit to writer/director/producer Mark Thimajin for making the whole thing work. Yes, this is a true independent movie, so don't expect Hollywood style production values, and besides, who needs it? This film works on a variety of levels; so although one might wish the film had taken more risks or continued the story longer, what's on the screen more than compensates for any shortcomings. To conclude, this is a thoughtfully conceived little movie that everyone should see - give it a chance - you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Small Indie Movie from the Midwest October 26, 2009
Format:DVD
While nothing of major importance happens in "Barstool Cowboy," the film is a refreshing blend of comedy, romance, and drama - scaled down for an indie budget. The strength of the movie - besides its fine acting and directing - lies in the fact that the film doesn't try to be more than it is; the movie is never pretentious, overbearing, or cliched. Tim Woodard and Rachel Lien both give heartfelt performances that capture the nuances of their repsective characters; and while one wonders whether their relationship should have evolved into a December/May romance, I give kudos to the writer/director for avoiding what might have been an unrealistic plot device. Instead, filmmaker Thimajin insists we take these characters as they are: flawed, funny, and all too human. The result is a nice little film. The cinematography and music are also excellent; The entire cast and crew are people worth watching to see what they do in the future: Rachel Lien has already appeared in other indie movie projects (most notably "April Showers"), but none of those match her fine performance here (If you need proof, check out her amazing monologue halfway through this film). Tim Woodard is hilarious in a sequence involving a crazy scheme to beat an employer drug test. Finally, Mark Thimajin is a director to watch -he has a vision and an eye for specific human emotion that he captures through each tiny detail. It will be interesting to see what Thimajin does for his follow-up project. Overall, if you go into this film knowing it's a small indie movie, then you won't be disappointed. I give it my highest rating.
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