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Middle of Nowhere [Blu-ray] (2008)

Susan Sarandon , Eva Amurri , John Stockwell  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri, Anton Yelchin, Justin Chatwin, Willa Holland
  • Directors: John Stockwell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Middle of Nowhere [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    From the director of Blue Crush comes Middle of Nowhere, a witty, warm-hearted comedy about two precocious teens and their unusual families. A pair of co-workers at a small-town water park --- restless troublemaker Dorian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek) and the tightly wound Grace (Eva Amurri, Californication) -- form an unlikely bond when Dorian cooks up an illicit plan to earn big money. With no assistance from a flaky, free-spending mom (Oscar winner Susan Sarandon) and competition from a sexy younger sister (Willa Holland, Legion), Grace needs all the help she can get if she's going to make it to college.

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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Blue September 25, 2010
    I don't know where this movie came from. I don't recall its being released in the theaters though, with this cast, it's difficult to believe it's direct to video. But, whatever the case, this is a rare find. It's an indy type film with nothing but writing and acting at its core. No big sets or fancy frou frou. Just a good story with a well honed cast and adroit handling by the director.

    Anton Yelchin plays a bright, beyond his years, but troublesome teen who is one step away from the military academy. He has been banished to a water park for the summer where he performs a lackluster job. Eva Amurri also works there and can go to college if she can come up with the trump. Mom (Susan Sarandon) can't help her unless one of her schemes comes to fruition. She's more interested in trying to launch a modeling career for her younger daughter. Yelchin convinces Amurri that helping him sell weed to the locals is a quick way to make the dough necessary for college. She ends up agreeing and that's when things start to happen.

    They could not have picked a better actress than Eva Amurri to play Sarandon's daughter. They look so similar it's difficult to believe they're not related in real life. And both do an excellent job here. I suppose I've like Yelchin enough in the few movies I've seen him in but he builds a great character here. I wanted to sit and have a beer with this guy. He is someone I truly wanted to get to know which says as much for the script as it does for his acting.

    This is a slice of life type movie where everyone is in a sort of limbo. They are on their way somewhere but can't quite find the key to the door. They also have some serious baggage from their pasts which they need to drop in order to move on.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    I have literally seen Anton Yelchin grow up on screen. In truth, he was never my favorite child star and I'm not sure I thought he'd transition effectively from misunderstood youth to leading man material. But taking a page out of the Joseph Gordon-Levitt handbook, Yelchin seems to be doing just fine by picking indie roles that interest him and growing as an actor. His quirky energy and distinctive presence distinguish him from much of young Hollywood, and his ability to have quietly built an impressive resume has been nothing short of amazing. I don't mean to derail my talk about "Middle of Nowhere" to discuss Yelchin, but he ends up being the film's most compelling performance. A solid and appealing sleeper by John Stockwell, "Middle of Nowhere" is one of those quiet little films likely to be discovered and appreciated through the years. It may not be groundbreaking by plotting standards, but it has an overall sincerity that works better than you have any right to expect!

    "Middle of Nowhere" tells the story of Grace (Eva Amurri), a bright girl from a troubled family. With big plans to escape from a small town existence, Grace gets little support from her flighty mother (Susan Sarandon). Sarandon focuses all her energy on her younger daughter who she is convinced is "model material." But underlying the difficult family dynamic is the fact that Grace's father committed suicide years ago, and the family has never really dealt with the truths behind the act. New to town is Dorian (Yelchin), an exiled troublemaker spending a back-to-the-basics summer with his uncle. The two form a tentative friendship at the water park where they both work. Grace, desperate for college money, soon gets ensnared in Dorian's extracurricular activities.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Heading to somewhere July 16, 2010
    NOTHING SCALDS MORE than the moment a teen discovers mom and dad aren't perfect. Not that they make mistakes, everyone does that. No, that parents and other caregivers can make HUGE, life altering errors in judgment for little more reason than "I couldn't help myself."
    That's the motivator in this coming of age flick directed by John Stockwell ("Blue Crush," 2002). Grace (Eva Amurri) can't get into college because of the debt her mother accrued by opening credit cards in her daughter's name without paying them off. Dorian (Anton Yelchin), an adopted teen with a streak of mischief a mile wide, finds himself sent off to spend the summer with his disciplinarian uncles. He comes from the rich side of town, Grace arrives with both feet planted in poor town.
    Yet this is no John Hughes Cinderella story. Both teens take jobs at a water park, their mission to sweat and be hassled by bratty kids for minimum wage. But then serious Grace and prankster Dorian form a team and devise a way to make money - illegally - to achieve their goals.
    We learn a lot about them and their families and - big surprise - we get to like them. We actually care about their problems. No, there aren't any big tragedies or major triumphs. It's just a story about people trying to get by and it's not too bad. Conversation sounds improvised and natural. Susan Sarandon, Amurri's real mother, and Willa Holland co-star.
    Blu-ray video looks just fine with a sprinkling of film grain throughout. Set in Louisiana, color is rich, especially during daylight. Audio is serviceable, mostly front centered and dialogue driven. Extras also include a 26-minute making-of offering interviews with cast and crew, much of which is repeated in a set of individual cast and crew interviews. Also find deleted scenes that were best deleted.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Anton Yelchin again a winner
    Susan Sarandon plays the lead with Anton. This is one of the ten movies he has on DVD. Another will soon be on DVD too. And available on Amazon. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by William Dakota
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
    Middle of Nowhere is an independent film and another example of a dark comedy that tries too hard to be funny. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Todd Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
    I liked this movie. I loved the cast of characters. I would recommend this movies to others. This movie is well-made.
    Published 13 months ago by Christina Panczyk
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, Coming of Ages Comedy-Drama.
    I rented this film and it was worth the money and time. Susan Surandon plays a witty and alcoholic mother who is still internally dealing with the separation of her husband and... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by D. Freeman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great, underappreciated film
    I'm surprised so few people have heard of this film because it's really beautiful. It's a realist film about the relationship between two young adults who come from very different... Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Alyssa J. Downs
    3.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish but wonderfully atmospheric tale of wife's obsession with...
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    Beautifully photographed and wonderfully atmospheric, 'Middle of Nowhere' is former publicist turned writer/director Ava... Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Turfseer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little off-beat indie with good acting
    Susan Sarandon as the ditsy mom is the only name I knew here. But the two young leads are good as a team that decides to sell dope to finance a college education. Read more
    Published on August 13, 2012 by Brad Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great indie film about teens and coming of age
    Movie was a lot better than I expected, I actually bought it because I lived in Baton Rouge (where this was filmed) and was an extra in the movie and thought maybe I'd see myself... Read more
    Published on October 7, 2011 by Capt Obvious
    4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Love Without Parental Model
    MIDDLE OF NOWHERE is one of those surprise films that appear to have gone direct to DVD - not because they are unworthy of theater showing but because they are thinking films... Read more
    Published on July 17, 2010 by Grady Harp
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