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Main Street (2011)

Colin Firth , Orlando Bloom , John Doyle  |  PG |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn, Andrew McCarthy
  • Directors: John Doyle
  • Format: 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HI4LMI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,121 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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22 of 24 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 are 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 story line 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.

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 Ellen Burstyn's emptied tobacco warehouse. He wishes to utilize it to store a company's hazardous waste, comes into conflict with the town, Burstyn herself, and her niece Patricia Clarkson. While the three are personally tackling several conflicts, along with the town itself, there is another side issue occurring.

Amber Tamblyn along with 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 Bloom stays living with his mother looking out for her welfare. Bloom doesn't want to leave the city, intending to work there as an attorney after school.
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39 of 46 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprise ending March 23, 2012
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The movie has a surprise ending. Meaning, it ends and you are surprised because there was no resolution or even a decent conflict. It was like 90 min of exposition with wonderful acting. Then is just kinda ended. Did they run out of money to finish the film? Maybe the big name actors got better jobs and just quit? Very strange.
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25 of 32 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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5 of 5 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste! May 13, 2012
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What a waste of a cast! The script was as flat and uninspired as the movie's direction. Patricia Clarkson delivered the weakest, most boring performance of her career, in my opinion. The story was lacking in a compelling conflict. There was no story climax or resolution. What was anybody thinking in being a part of this train-wreck? I guess the actors and crew desperately needed a paycheck.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perplexing.
It was a strange movie. We enjoyed the characters and acting was good, but story line jumped around and was a downer until the end, but then ended, leaving viewers hanging about... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Ken Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
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... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gregory Stricherz
1.0 out of 5 stars What a horrible film!
Please do not waste your time with this film. The acting, the plot, the everything was way below standard for even Amazon Prime.
Published 16 days ago by Robert Tyler Claflin, MD
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a point!
This is a movie with a valuable message that is put across in a good story. It's a good old fashioned made movie without rampant violence, computer generated images, and fowl... Read more
Published 18 days ago by MsHG
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot summary/description was misleading - this film wasn't about...
Snooze fest. I only watched it because I'd finished Joan of Arcadia and had become a big Amber Tamblyn fan. Also, being a Pride and Prejudice nut we had to see Mr. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise, surprise...Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom and more!
Colin Firth never ceases to amaze me with his acting. His Texan accent was great. Ellen Burstyn assumed her role to perfection and Orlando Bloom and the other actors were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Haven
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Performances--especially Ellen Burstyn
This film is in the Southern Gothic tradition like "The Sound and the Fury", "This Property Condemned", and "To Kill a Mockingbird". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Mike Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Main Street
It has a good story line. I thought that it was a good movie but not the best that I have ever seen.
Published 1 month ago by ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute and quirky
This was a cute movie, I love quirky stories. It was good but seemed to end ubruptly. It seemed like it may have been made for TV, but it's a good watch.
Published 1 month ago by Sylvia
2.0 out of 5 stars What? Colin Firth with a southern accent???
Not much of a story, and he was not suited for the part, but looking at him for 2 hours was quite pleasing.
Published 2 months ago by Lois Metlika
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