Natural Selection 2008 NR

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Winner of the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW and nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Rachael Harris, NATURAL SELECTION is a wonderfully irreverent indie comedy about a devoted Texas housewife who's carefully ordered world is turned upside down when she sets out to find her husband's long lost son.

Starring:
Matt O'Leary, Rachael Harris
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Robbie Pickering
Starring Matt O'Leary, Rachael Harris
Supporting actors John Diehl, Gayland Williams, Jon Gries, Stephanie King, Berna Roberts, Drake Dempsey, Michael Hyland, Greg Grosh, Rob Huebel, Sam Eidson, Salvador Cabral, Lauren Nailen, Roger Hewitt, Hallie Martin, Rick Appleton, Melinda DeKay, Mark Winslett, Soleya Rea
Studio Cinema Guild
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Acting was great.
Moja
Great story, kept me interested, even made me get in touch with my sappy romantic side which I didn't know I had, would recommend it.
Y. Jones
Prepare to be surprised and moved!
Paul Allaer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rz on December 20, 2012
Format: DVD
Heard that this film had won a lot of film festivals - but I didn't know anything about it, and I had only vaguely heard of the actors. Pleasantly surprised. I laughed. I cried. Would definitely recommend, which I'm doing right now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2013
Format: DVD
I was recently browsing for a good movie in the film section of my local library and stumbled upon this. I looked at the DVD jacket and noticed this won some awards at various movie festivals, and that was good enough for me.

"Natural Selection" (2011 release; 90 min.) brings the story of Linda (played by Rachael Harris), who lives within a closed Christian comunity in suburban Houston. Linda finds out that her husband Abe has a 23 yr. old son, now living in Florida, the result of Abe's frequent visits (unbeknownst to Linda) to the local sperm donor bank. Abe suffers a stroke and may be in his last days, and as a last wish, he asks Linda to look up his son and bring him back for one final visit. Linda obliges and finds Raymond (played by Matt O'Leary). Raymong couldn't be more different from Linda ans his only motivation to join Linda for the drive back is that he seems to be in trouble with the law. What we get next is a road movie that chronicles the ups and downs of Linda and Raymond. To tell you more about the plot would surely ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: it takes the movie a while to hit its stride. As the stage-setting scenes play out in the beginning, I found it all to be quite unnatural and even a bit forced. But then a magical thing happens: the Linda and Raymond characters are played perfectly against each other, and simply create something specical on the screen. The pivotal moment in the movie comes about half-way, when one evening Linda and Raymond break into a closed restaurant as they are desparate for food, and then start telling deep personal secrets about themselves to the other. Prepare to be surprised and moved!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KLCurtin on December 23, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie has an outstanding and unique plot. It is not predictable like a lot of movies. Very funny. I can see why it won a lot of awards.
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By momonohaha on November 5, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Loved the story and loved the actors. It''s a comedy and yet so serious. Stuck to my head for months. I also loved the ending, I saw it more than once.
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By Moja on July 18, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I was not expecting the story that was presented in this film. From the outset, thought the script was something different and amusing. Even if it is a bit of a "dark comedy", it is somewhat a lesson on life. Acting was great. Enjoyed the twists and turns. This kind of film gives Indies a real place in entertainment.
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