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Free Samples (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E8G5HL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Stanford Law-school dropout named Jillian (Weixler) escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life. On the day of her college boyfriend's birthday, she finds herself stuck running an ice cream truck fending off locals and oddball friends alike. This one day spent on a truck on the streets of L.A. will wake Jillian from her aimless daze and make her see that life doesn't stop just because you want it to.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Done Indie October 29, 2013
There are lots of independent movies that try to trade on the fact that they are independent as a way to excuse making crappy movies.
Fortunately, this is not one of them. It is, indeed, independent, and it is, indeed, extremely low-budget.
However, it is a very honest film, and every scene is "front and center." The acting is strong throughout. The people who made this movie did a masterful job of keeping the viewer's interest in virtually every scene from start to finish.
Certainly, it is not everyone's "cup of tea." If you gravitate toward mainstream movies with traditional plots, acting, lines and action, you would be wasting your time with this.
However, if you are a devotee of well-made indies, this is definitely one to consider.
And, as an added bonus (and something I didn't realize until watching the credits run), there was an interesting cameo by Tippi Hedren (who, for those of you old enough to remember, was a big-screen movie star in her own right in the 1950s and 1960s).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jess Weixler's performance is really the heart of the movie as she transitions from angry college student to revealing a more fragile side.

The story is basically a snapshot of Jillian (Weixler) on a day that ends up having more meaning to her than she would first realize as she's been asked to fill in for a friend on a cheap ice cream truck giving out free samples after yet another night at the bar. The people she encounters include Tippi Headren as a former starlet (one that wasn't as famous as Headren was) whom Jillian finally opens up to as well as some fun vignettes with other, sometimes unruly customers.

It's not a traditional Hollywood movie and the "hipster" quality in the sarcastic humor might not be everyone's taste but I was glad to have experienced this when I did at a film festival. It's nice to just see a stripped down story sometimes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The new "slackers" May 27, 2013
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If you enjoy Clerks and Slackers and those types of slow dramas about underachievers who are bitter and mean then turn out to have a heart in the end you will love this movie! Personally, I don't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watched this cause of Jesse Eisenberg September 1, 2013
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I had this movie in the watchlist since May 2013 when it came to Amazon(watch while in theaters). I can see why this movie never got a wide release.
I don't see this movie making it in the theaters.
this movie seems like a movie that would be enjoyed by the select few who actually like these type of movies.
The movie was good.
I liked the supporting characters/actors.
The main character was getting on my nerves, after a minute of listening to her talk, I had to tone her out and focus on only the other character she was talking to her.
Just one question though; Who's Mike? (name on the truck)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modest Undertaking March 26, 2014
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Another "indie" film and the lead actress Jess Wexler was previously not on my radar. Funny how some of her facial expressions look quite like Halley Feiffer's (who has a lesser part as Jess's roommate, and I immediately recognized her from "He's Way More Famous Than You"). Jess's character Jillian dropped out of Stanford Law School for unspecified reasons, though if you believe her she was from a family of lawyers who wanted her to be one, but after a year or so of law school she thought she preferred being some kind of artist instead. Unfortunately to be an artist takes talent as well as good connections and some sheer luck, so since then she's basically been floundering with no clear direction. Jason Ritter apparently has the role of her "sort-of" boyfriend from law school, and Jesse Eisenberg appears as a potential new love interest. These people have each made other movies in combination with some of the others, so apparently this cast likes working with each other, which definitely helps the acting.
Low budget is easy when you do not need explosions, car wrecks, a lot of computer graphics, but just want to tell a story with "real" people interacting with each other, which is what this does. The focus is on the acting and dialog, and that was well-done. People seem somewhat polarized--a lot of voters liking it a lot and some hating it. If you don't enjoy a movie that seems somewhat realistic and is a character study/relationship movie, then you will not like it. Very slight spoiler: back to the basic plot. Jillian is so negative about herself and pretty much everyone else that it was hard not to dislike her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie. March 8, 2014
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Jess weixler is absolutely perfect as a law school drop out with no direction in life. The scenes with her serving free samples of ice cream and attitude were hilarious! while its really short, Around 1 hour and 20 mins. Free samples has enough heart and laughs to match any big budget hollywood comedy. If u haven't seen this movie, Do so, U won't regret it! 9/10 Thanx for reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Surprise January 22, 2014
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This was a surprisingly good film. Jess Weixler is absolutely superb in this movie, in fact, she is the whole movie. Independent movies have so taken over the movies for me. Through with the Hollywood scene where identical plots are being cranked out for morons. Can't understand the negative viewers, they probably expected the ice cream truck to be blown up by terrorists or attacked by space aliens. Life though isn't always like Hollywood movies.
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