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Prince Avalanche (2013)

Paul Rudd , Emile Hirsch , David Gordon Green  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EL6ADGU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An odd couple of sorts, introspective and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend's brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer of 1988 repainting the traffic lines on a desolate country highway where the surrounding areas have been ravaged by wildfire. In this solitary backdrop, the two bicker and joke with each other as they reflect on their relationships with women, resulting in a clumsy fall headfirst into an unlikely friendship.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reap the rewards of solitude August 30, 2013
Format:DVD
Writer and director David Gordon Green has kind of lost his way over the last five years or so. Known for making independent dramas that were genuinely well received by critics, Green made the jump to R-rated comedy in 2008 with "Pineapple Express" which went on to gross $87 million domestically on a $27 million budget. Green would stay in the R-rated comedy game for a while with "Your Highness" and "The Sitter," both of which either flopped or barely made a profit. "Prince Avalanche" seems like a return to form for Green and while it isn't groundbreaking, it's definitely an experience worth having.

"Prince Avalanche" has some amazing cinematography. The film opens with fires damaging acres and acres of land as you helplessly witness a sea of trees burn to the ground. As you're watching it, you can't help but feel the devastation of the fire, the extreme loss, and the severe sense of hopelessness. At the same time, it's kind of beautiful in a sorrowful kind of way. Little things become extraordinary with fantastic camera work: pushing a wheelbarrow over a hill as dawn breaks, water trickling through rocks in a stream, a caterpillar slowly crawling towards its destination, and close-ups of paint staining the asphalt and rain adding moisture to various surfaces.

As you watch Alvin and Lance paint lines on the asphalt, hammer poles into the side of the road, and glue down street reflectors, you begin to realize how lonely it must be and yet how absolutely liberating it can feel at the same time. The two men camp out under the stars every night, live in a tent, and eat and drink at the cusp of nature at all times. They're alone out in the middle of nowhere and only have each other to keep one another company.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"There's a difference between being lonely and being alone." Alvin (Rudd) and Lance (Hirsch) are working on a road in the middle of nowhere. Alvin is dating Lance's sister and the two have a friendly relationship but they aren't really friends. During the summer they experience the high and lows of love and begin to bond over the ups and downs of life. First of all even though Paul Rudd is in this I would not call this a comedy. I really liked this but do not go in expecting to laugh. One other disclaimer is that this isn't a movie where a lot happens. The director of this directed Pinapple Express and The Sitter and this could not be more different then those two. This is a hard movie to review because really nothing happens but I did really enjoy this. This is basically just two guys experiencing life and love. There is a sub-plot with a woman they meet that seemed to have deeper meaning that I couldn't grasp. This is a movie I recommend though. Overall, a movie that isn't for everyone but one that I enjoyed and recommend for fans of indi-movies. I give it a B+.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Shawn
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The only reason I even watched this movie was because Explosions in the Sky did the soundtrack to it. I wasn't expecting a whole lot because it sounded rather dull in the synopsis: two guys painting lines on a country road in Texas. So I watched it and it was fantastic. It was definitely slow at points and certain shots (the two of them driving without talking, the shot of the road passing by, etc.) may have you wondering why nothing's happening and what it even has to do with the story--but it does! If you find this movie boring then you probably aren't diving deep enough to understand and enjoy it.

After completing the movie I found the old woman to be the one character that ties together the whole movie and she wasn't even added until they began filming and found her going through the remains of her old house (her role is completely true, authentic and she's not even an actress!)

I myself enjoy solitude and would probably love a job that involved camping out every night. To see Alvin (Paul Rudd) running into solitude supposedly to financially support his girlfriend Madison (Lance's sister) gave the first clue to who he is (or was!) as a person. Lance (Hirsch) on the other hand is the complete opposite; he's obnoxious, loves to talk, listens to loud music, etc. You also meet a fourth character, an old man driving a truck on this desolate road. Come to think of it, he is the *only* person you see driving on this road.

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After reading a review by Thomas Lewry on Letterboxd for this film, it becomes apparent who these characters represent (or who they might represent): the four people who lost their lives during the wildfires back in '88.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincerely original October 27, 2013
By Blake
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Not only was the movie and it's story good, but Explosions in the Sky added just the right tones of musical scores for the movie's developments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is an American indie film from film maker David Gordon Green. His chequered career has seen him bring us `Pineapple Express, `Your Highness' and the rather good `Undertow'; in this film he has taken inspiration from an original story by Icelander Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson. He has relocated that to the fire ravaged forests of Texas in 1988. We meet the two main protagonists in Alvin (Paul Rudd - `Role Models and `I Love you man') he is working out his demons by working on the road painting service. His only companion is the brother of his girlfriend Lance, Emile Hirsch (`Into the wild' and `Milk'). He considers Lance to be a loser.

Now very little actually happens, they paint the road, erect some signs , meet an aged truck driver and an elderly woman who is searching her burnt out home to salvage memories . This lady was really doing that and was asked if her story could be put into the film - which is a nice touch. The idea was that this would be an absurdist, minimalist tale where the two main characters would slowly reveal their real characters - both strengths and weaknesses by just being together or alone with their own thoughts, and some alcohol and heart ache.

So does it work? Well a lot of people seem to think so with a 6.4 rating on IMDB this is certainly no turkey. It is also supposed to be a 'hilarious' comedy; well I felt amused a couple of times but this is not even in the foothills of being funny. The characterisation is good and some of the absurd themes sort of work, but overall I felt under whelmed by this film. It is only 90 minutes long and the scenery is often beautiful. The score is from `Explosions in the Sky' and `Loosley Tight' and that also really works, I would give 6 out of ten which roughly equates with 3 stars. That is not meant to be harsh but to ignore the areas where this does not work would, I feel, be disingenuous. Still if you like absurdist, minimalism then this could be one you will want to see.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better than being caught under an avalanche
This is the type of film Paul Rudd used to do before he hooked up with Judd Apatow. He owes Apatow a thank you. What a snoozefest of a film.
Published 11 days ago by IntoMoYouKnow
5.0 out of 5 stars so good!!
This was so, so good!!!
Published 3 months ago by Margaret C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
This is an unusual kind of movie. Don't expect a lot of action, prepare for a kind of slow, but thoughtful stuff. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria Virokhovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Gem
Prince Avalanche is one of those rare "small" movies that demands your attention through fine acting, superb cinematography, a distinctive score, and an organic plot that seems to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Polo Grande
2.0 out of 5 stars State Park Missed
I was disappointed in the movie. I know Bastrip State Park and was hoping to see a bit more of the park.
Published 6 months ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite people!
What a joy! Just a couple of guys getting to know each other in a most down to earth way. Total fun, precious, fascinating, interesting, different. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mouliin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This bag is really nice, stylish , well designed and manufactured and the price is good. very happy with this purchase
Published 7 months ago by Jeffry Randolph
4.0 out of 5 stars Rudd & Hirsch/Mario and Luigi
Dude, they're Definitely fired! (and life goes on) Ha I really liked this movie. After reading the negative reviews about it, I prepared for a dud. 2 great actors. Read more
Published 7 months ago by EmMeowCat
3.0 out of 5 stars (BLU RAY REVIEW) Being alone does not mean being lonely
This small, low-budget indi-film by David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") is loosely based on an Icelandic film from 2011 called "Either Way. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Oleson
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what this movie is about.
I have no idea what I watched or why I watched it. But it had the dude from 40 year old virgin.
Published 9 months ago by PhillyLS1
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