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Hot, up-and-coming teen stars Jason Ritter (TV's The Class and Joan Of Arcadia), Hilarie Burton (TV's One Tree Hill) and Autumn Reeser (TV's The O.C.) and four-time Emmy(r) Award winner Allison Janney* (TV's The West Wing) head the cast of Our Very Own, the engaging comingof- age story about believing in your dreams. Itching to leave small-town life in Shelbyville, Tennessee, five friends are sent into a frenzy when they learn hometowngirl- turned-Hollywood-star Sondra Locke may be returning. Believing she's their ticket out, they do everything they can to make it happen. 2005 winner of the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Feature Film and the Rome International Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Our Very Own is a heartwarming, hope-filled story about the power of friendship, family and believing in yourself.

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A collective coming of age story set in the small town of Shelbyville in the late 1970's, Our Very Own is a story about five teenagers bored with small town life who are struggling to find direction and purpose in their lives. The family lives of each of the five teens are very different, with the teens forced to deal with everything from an unemployed alcoholic father, to taunts of being gay and parents who constantly demean them. When local girl Sondra Locke, who's made it big in Hollywood, is rumored to be returning for a movie premiere that coincides with the town horse show, the five teens are inspired collaborate on a tribute to Sondra for the town variety show. Their original work aptly showcases their individual and collective talents and the five teens begin to really believe in themselves. In the end, the teens must hold fast to their dreams while continuing to struggle to find their individual paths toward maturity and adulthood. Featuring a cast of up-and-coming young actors including Jason Ritter, Hilarie Burton, and Autumn Reeser and favorites like Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, Keith Carradine, and Cheryl Hines, the acting is powerful and the story believable. Winner of the 2005 grand prize at the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival and the special jury prize at the Rome International Film Festival.--Tami Horiuchi

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  • Actors: Allison Janney, Cheryl Hines, Jason Ritter, Hilarie Burton, Faith Prince
  • Directors: Cameron Watson
  • Writers: Cameron Watson
  • Producers: Cameron Watson, Shannon McMahon Lichte, Maggie Biggar, Steve Cubine
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OZ2COS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Our Very Own" on IMDb

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mosely on April 9, 2007
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REVIEW: "Our Very Own' is the new "American Graffiti"

Monday, August 15, 2005

By Brian Mosely

Cameron Watson's film, "Our Very Own," is a wonderful, heartfelt and true-to-life tribute to the town and the people of Shelbyville; the place that gave him the inspiration to reach for the top and get there by coming back home to tell his unique story.

As someone who grew up in neighboring Tullahoma during the same time period, this reviewer was overcome with memories when the trailer for the film was posted on the Internet back in February.

But after viewing the movie twice this weekend, it only can be said that the time and place depicted in "Our Very Own" is perfection, pulled from the writer and director's experiences, loving recollections magically brought to life, ones that many in this town share.

The year is 1978; a time in which there was still some type of innocence left in the world. Five teens -- played by Jason Ritter, Autumn Reeser, Hilarie Burton, Derek Carter and Michael McKee -- are spending the summer with nothing to do but borrow Mom's car to go cruising. It's long before the Internet, cell phones and sky-high gas prices -- and no video games are in existence except for "Pong."

So when the rumors start flying that the hometown girl who made it big, "our very own" Sondra Locke, is to return for the 39th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the teens are sent into a frenzy. Resser's character, Melora Kendal, becomes obsessed with the thought of being discovered and following in Locke's footsteps.

At the same time, her best friend, Clancy Whitfield (Ritter), is falling for Melora but is dealing with a deepening crisis at home.
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I can see where "American Graffiti" is an obvious point of cinematic reference for "Our Very Own," but while this 2005 film has the charm and sense of nostalgia that defined George Lucas's film, it does not have the same feeling of weight. But that is going to happen when one film has a character who will end up being reported MIA in Vietnam and the other has a character who is hoping to see the actress Sondra Locke. Still, first time writer-director-producer Cameron Watson, an actor who might be most recognizable for his role of Rick in the 2-part "The Other Side of Life" on "Grey's Anatomy" last season, has put together a nice little film about Shelbyville, Tennessee, where he went to high school. Watson was born in Lexington, Kentucky, but Sondra Locke was born and raised in Shelbyville (valedictorian of the class of 1962), which explains why the whole town gets excited

Sondra Locke was pretty much at the peak of her career back in 1978, which explains why everybody is excited about her new movie that year, "Every Which Way but Loose" came out. The previous two years Locke had starred in "The Gauntlet" and "
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By COUNTRY COWBOY on April 1, 2009
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OUR VERY OWN
LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN IN 1978 HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS TRY TO GET THROUGH GRADUATING AND TRY TO FIND A PLACE AND TO FIT IN A SMALL TOWN. THE UP ROAR OF A MOVIE STAR COMING TO TOWN IS ALL THEY HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO. THERE IS NOT MUCH THEY CAN TO LOOK FORWARD TO, SO THEY TRY TO MAKE A PLACE FOR THEM SELVES. NOT MUCH HOPE , THE MAIN EMPLOYER HAS LAID OFF MANY OF THE TOWNS WORKFORCE INCLUDING CAL'S DAD. JASON RITTER IS VERY GOOD IN HIS PART. LOST AND NOT HAVING MUCH HOPE, OR DREAMS. HE SEEMS ACKNOWLEDGE THIS FACT.
HE DOES NOT HAVE MUCH TO LOOK FORWARD TO, HIS DAD OUT OF WORK, FURNITURE REPOSED, CAR, NOW THE HOUSE. HE SHOWS COURAGE WHILE THIS IS GOING ON TRYING TO KEEP HIS MOTHER FROM BREAKING SOWN AS HER FAMILY GOES BROKE, FIGHTS, AND DISAPPOINTMENT.
THIS LEADS YOU THINKING THAT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE STUDENTS AFTER GRADUATION. WILL THEY LEAVE HOME? WILL THEY REACH THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS? WILL THEY BE STUCK IN SHELBEVILLE LEADING THE SAME LIFE AS THEIR PARENTS?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. Swing on May 29, 2009
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I was very pleased with this movie, I have lived in Shelbyville all my life and I grew up knowing Cameron Watson, he was a few yrs older then me but he graduated with my sister. He did a great job on the movie of getting Shelbyville down to a tee. Even Charlie the wonder dog in it. I was glad that I could get it off from amazon I had looked everywhere for it. So way to go Cameron on a job well done. Hope to see more movies out of you and keep it up. And to the one that was selling it thanks alot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Cubine on April 19, 2010
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"Our Very Own" is a beautifully acted, directed and written film that deals so powerfully with a family on the verge of crumbling in a very small town. It also has a glorious message of hope as it deals with a group of high school kids who dare to have dreams bigger than their tiny hometown. A rare gem that will appeal to a cross-section of America!
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