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Middle of Nowhere (2008)

Susan Sarandon , Eva Amurri , John Stockwell  |  R |  DVD
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: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • 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)
  • ASIN: B003HTPI9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Middle of Nowhere" 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
    Format:DVD
    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
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078 October 6, 2013
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    Middle of Nowhere is an independent film and another example of a dark comedy that tries too hard to be funny. They had a weak storyline, but a very strong cast, and I felt it was a film that could have easily been a lot better. Dorian (Anton Yelchin) is a spoiled kid, who never had to work a day in his life. After yet another rebellious act against his parents, the seventeen year old is sent to live with his uncle for the summer. He starts working at the local water park, where he meets Grace (Eva Amurri), a girl who is his complete opposite. She is desperate to earn money for school and Dorian is looking to act out, so the two decide they can both achieve their goals by selling pot together. The story doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to me, because the characters are nothing like they describe themselves to be. Dorian is rich and only there for a couple of months, he doesn't need the money, so why take the risk? Grace, she's always had to be the mature one, taking charge of her family, but we don't see her do that at all. The film is definitely a bit strange, while at the same time being somewhat slow and predictable, but what makes it worth seeing is Anton Yelchin. The Russian born, former child actor, has such charisma and really thrives in roles like this. If you saw Charlie Bartlett, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Yelchin is on another level, outgoing, energetic, quick witted, he's the kid in this film, but as it would turn out, he's also the smartest one of all. Yelchin's personality is larger than life and he will completely draw you in, sadly, other than his performance, this film wasn't much of anything. The story is predictable, the humor is dry, and the rest of the cast really wasn't anything special.
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    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    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 1 month ago by William Dakota
    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 6 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 10 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 13 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 15 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 20 months ago 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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Heading to somewhere
    NOTHING SCALDS MORE than the moment a teen discovers mom and dad aren't perfect. Not that they make mistakes, everyone does that. Read more
    Published on July 16, 2010 by K. Reynolds
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