Leaving Barstow 2006 NR CC

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Andrew Dayton, age 18, is a smart but invisible high-school senior in small-town Barstow, CA.

Starring:
Kevin Sheridan, Michelle Clunie
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

Leaving Barstow

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Genres Drama
Director Peter Paige
Starring Kevin Sheridan, Michelle Clunie
Supporting actors Ryan Michelle Bathe, Ryan Carnes, Marques Ray, Steven Culp, Dale Dickey, Lillian Lehman, Scott Klace, Dana Lee, Frank Alvarez, Gary Edward, Brie Gabrielle, Brittany Johnson, Liz Lueders, Zarah Mahler, Peter Paige, Melvin Payne Jr., Franklin Ruehl, Elizabeth Sampson
Studio Osiris Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rae-dar on September 3, 2009
Format: DVD
When I finished watching Leaving Barstow for the first time all I wanted to say to everyone involved in the film was.........Thank You. And then I went off to find a box of Kleenex.

The story of a boy, Andrew, with bigger dreams stuck in a small town trying to find the strength to go, may seem all too familiar to some, but that does not mean that this film feels old or tired or off-putting in anyway. Quite the contrary. First time writer and star of the film Kevin Sheridan has put together a script and a performance with quiet heart. (Only about 25 when he did this, he is definitely one to keep an eye on) Michele Clunie infuses Andrew's mother Sandra with characteristics that make the audience both loathe and feel sorry for her at the same time, aptly showing us where the core of Andrew's struggle to stay or go lies. And Peter Paige's direction depicts Barstow as washed out and lifeless while at the same time he keeping his actors in sharp but quite focus, thus allowing them to shine and be the true center of this lovely little character driven piece.

So, after viewing the film a second and a third time, I would still like to say "thank you" to everyone involved with this film for proving that a great film comes from the heart and not necessarily from the size of your production and marketing budget.

This had a great run on the festival circuit over the last year, but sadly remained mostly an undiscovered, indie gem. Well worth your time and money to discover it for yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Jordan on June 22, 2009
Format: DVD
A boy, his dream, a choice. Good, believable characters and just enough tension in this well-paced film. A fine job of cinematography and the music is exceptional. Good show all 'round!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 23, 2009
Format: DVD
Leaving Barstow is another independent film that will either inspire quickly or leave you cold. Chances are you will sympathize with the lead character, Andrew.

The movie is told from high school senior Andrew's point of view. The story is fairly straightforward; Andrew has to grow up for many reasons. He is dealt a hand of pretty bad cards, and is forced to do his best at being happy. One after another we meet the people that affect his life, his physics teacher, the midnight radio DJ, his best friend Carlos, his mother and her boyfriends, the restaurant owner, and, the very important, Jenny. They all have a strong impact on Andrew's life, positive and negative.

I felt a strong sense of claustrophobia, imprisonment, and resignation in this film. Andrew lives with his single mother, battling her own demons. There is an implied almost sexual relationship between Andrew and his mother, adding to Andrew's sense of being trapped in Barstow, California. She became pregnant very young, chose to keep her son, and the father is not around. She happens to like and date boys close to her son's age. Andrew and his friend Carlos keep close to each other at school; they are not part of any popular crowd. Carlos is a great friend; he wants nothing but good for Andrew.

This was not an expensive production. There are only a few spartan sets. This film is a character study, and the sparseness is appropriate. The acting was quite good. Oddly the one character that I did not care for and felt was over acted, was the one actor with a long television resume, the physics teacher played by Steven Culp. The mother was just exactly the right level of self indulgence. Andrew played by Kevin Sheridan (mostly television career, Veronica Mars and American Dreams) was remarkable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Woodmeadow on November 22, 2013
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I've seen worse. :)

The movie isn't really all that novel. Classic "kid in a dead-end town" story. But it's done with thoughtfulness and decent characterization. The acting's pretty good too.

I didn't like the technical aspects so much, but not so much that I feel like it affects the rating. Seems like in every shot, something's out of focus, sometimes the whole shot. Yeah, I get it...use depth-of-field to convey or soft-pedal (depending) the point of interest in the shot. I'm sure there's even a name for it in Hollywood. But for the whole movie? I also got pretty bored with the musical montages, particularly ironic considering the movie soundtrack isn't even available for sale (which seems like the usual reason directors stick a bunch of lengthy music-backed segments into the movie).

So, be prepared for a bit of cliched technique in your movie. But other than that, it's a fine diversion for 90 minutes. Watching Andrew work his way out of his rut is satisfying. There's a great relationship between him and his best friend Carlos; it's fun to see how much they care about each other. And the conversations with the late-night radio host are convincing and entertaining. There's some other good stuff in the movie too. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MichiganGHM on June 27, 2014
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Beware of the rough language and sexual situations, but this is a very realistic movie. I have seen situations similar to the plot of this movie and it is not pleasant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TerryRhoades on June 22, 2014
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This looked like an interesting story, but was full of sexual and sometimes crude discussion and content and other inappropriate things. I didn't watch more than a few minutes hoping it would get better but it did not. Depressing and not worth watching.
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