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Main Street (2011)

Colin Firth , Orlando Bloom , John Doyle  |  PG |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn, Andrew McCarthy
  • Directors: John Doyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HI4LMI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Main Street" on IMDb

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MAIN STREET is a contemporary drama about several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of challenging times, each of the colorful citizens of this close-knit North Carolina community from its mayor to a local police officer to a once-wealthy tobacco heiress will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There Is A "Main Street" In Every Town ... February 2, 2012
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This is a little movie that boasts a big ensemble cast, including a surprise cameo performance. I was happy to see this actor after quite a while. The film offers a nice look into a portion of the United States that is of particular interest to me. One has the opportunity to see and hear the people of Durham, North Carolina. The way in which they regard each other with such respect is well appreciated.

I would have liked to give this movie another star. There is a couple of weaker points in this. The movie, in itself, is charmingly well-acted and the plot is solid. I just wish they could have further pulled-out the storyline by adding some time, or even shortened it, to more robustly develop the plot. For some, the ending may be questionable even a possible let down.

Gus Leroy (Colin Firth) arrives in Durham traveling from a small town in Texas. There, he and his company have developed the town, employed the people and even added recreational properties. Now in Durham he wishes to do the same by renting Georgiana Carr's (Ellen Burstyn) emptied tobacco warehouse. He wishes to utilize it to store his company's hazardous waste, comes into conflict with the town, Carr herself, and her niece, Willa Jenkins (Patricia Clarkson). While the three are personally tackling several conflicts, along with the town itself, there is another side issue occurring.

Mary Saunders (Amber Tamblyn) along with Harris Parker (Orlando Bloom), who is now one of the city's police officers and going to college to become a lawyer, were once a couple. She is grasping at straws in an attempt to leave Durham for a fuller life, while Harris stays living with his mother and looking out for her welfare.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
"The company sent me to look for towns or cities that might benefit from our services. Durham was on my list." The town of Durham, like most cities has been hit hard by the bad economy. People are moving out and the unemployment rate is high. Gus Leroy (Firth) comes into town with a track record of helping towns recover and end unemployment. The town is unsure of his method, storing hazardous waste until it can be transported. This is another movie that proves that just because a movie has no CGI or explosions every five minutes it receives no marketing and the release it needs. This is a movie that is full of great actors and great performances. The plot is not that exciting, but the acting makes up for it. Colin Firth does a fantastic job in this movie of playing a guy who you aren't sure of. The entire movie he keeps you on edge wondering if he is really as good as he seems. Much like "Company Men" this is a movie that is a serious subject that sounds boring when you read it, but the acting makes it great. A must watch. Overall, a great movie filled with great acting that deserves a bigger audience then it will get. I give it an A.

Would I watch again? - Yes I would.

*Also try - Company Men
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it April 13, 2014
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I thought it was a well-done movie. But the descriptive text is very misleading. "Oscar winner Colin Firth & Orlando Bloom star in a drama from the writer of To Kill A Mockingbird." To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee. That is the ONLY book she ever wrote. She had nothing to do with this movie. The screenwriter of Main Street was Horton Foote. He was also the SCREENwriter of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Character Study of Small Community Life August 13, 2011
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This movie was a good character study of small community life. Having been brought up in a small town myself I could really relate to the characters. It was a sweet, sensitive, modest film that enthralled me. The acting is superb. Some people will find it slow moving. I enjoyed it however.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch this movie if ... December 25, 2012
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If you like your movies fast-paced and action-packed with lots of glitz and glamor, funny and snappy repartee, then don't watch "Main Street". You'll be disappointed. If you like your plot lines neatly wrapped up so you don't have to wonder who ends up with whom or who ultimately succeeds or fails, then don't watch this movie. You'll be unfulfilled. But if you enjoy a down-to-earth story showing how no single action or decision is ever free from repercussions on others - for good or for ill - or if you like a challenging sympathetic character study that reveals how real people meet gut-wrenching difficulties with grace and courage, then you'll be encouraged by this movie.

As for the actors, Ellyn Byrstyn is amazing (as always) as a fearful elderly woman watching her life - and her resources - dwindling to nothing. Colin Firth is kind of the red-herring in this film. I was taken aback at first to see him portraying a good a ole small town Texas boy - with appropriate swagger and drawl - who's made his fortune in the hazardous waste business. And while he may be devoid of so much as a shred of the dashing and genteel "Mr Darcy", he does look awfully good in jeans and cowboy boots.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Main Street? Frontage road at best. March 30, 2012
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Wow, I can hardly believe that was a movie. No plot, bad guy(s), or climax...come to think of it there were no good guys either. It was a bunch of "something might happen". I really can't fully explain the disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie but hard to listen to Colin Firth with a Southern accent.
Published 3 days ago by BEG
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
The only reason I gave this 2 stars instead of one is I love Colin Firth. Even with his terrible southern accent in this movie, I'd a hundred times prefer to hear his real voice,... Read more
Published 3 days ago by JiminyC
1.0 out of 5 stars Great actors, acting horribly
This movie is hilarious, but not intentionally.
Published 4 days ago by Sara Donnelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Dynamic Plot
Lack of dynamic plot. We spent the entire movie anticipating something to happen, but it didn't.
Published 4 days ago by Nishelle Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a well done message film set in a ...
This is a well done message film set in a small southern town but with no resolution, a non-ending ending. The movie just stops.
Published 13 days ago by Sunshine
1.0 out of 5 stars Fell asleep twice
After falling asleep twice I gave up. Slow and boring are the words that jump to mind when describing my viewing experience.
Published 17 days ago by kuskoo
1.0 out of 5 stars English actors playing southern characters is not a good thing.
I couldn't get over the bad acting to really appreciate the story.
Published 28 days ago by Snwseoul
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This movie, in spite of all the amazing actors in it, is a complete waste of time. It absolutely goes nowhere, slowly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Bibula
5.0 out of 5 stars Got See
Great Movie kept me on the edge
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Colin Firth? Really?
I enjoyed the story, and I love Colin Firth' s acting, but I didn't feel this was a roll for him.
Published 1 month ago by M Joanne Whittaker
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