The River Why 2010 NR

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(44) IMDb 5.9/10
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Sick of living in a home shrouded with secrets, lies and a smothering sense of competition, Gus runs away from home and the shadow of his famous fly-fishing father.

Starring:
Zach Gilford, Amber Heard
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

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The River Why

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Matthew Leutwyler
Starring Zach Gilford, Amber Heard
Supporting actors William Hurt, Dallas Roberts, Kathleen Quinlan, William Devane, Drew Barrios, Gabby Brooks, Keagan Brooks, Landon Brooks, Nikki Deloach, Natasha Duvall, Gattlin Griffith, Breanna Aleigh Grimes, David Richard Heath, Alex Hurt, Catherine Lassesen, Christopher McCafferty, Allen Nause, Daniel Nelson
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Cinematography is great.
J. Rush
"The River Why" is a sad attempt to put many pieces together without actually creating an interesting narrative.
iliveforhim1976
I have not read the book so I can't compare it with the movie.
wowgjb

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Format: DVD
Note: Almost as interesting as the film itself is the troubled back story of its creation. David James Duncan's beloved 1983 novel has long been considered a tricky proposition to adapt to film due to the story's internal monologue and metaphorical quest for self-knowledge and enlightenment. The author, himself, fought a legal battle against this interpretation with claims of copyright infringement among other allegations with the case settled in 2008. To date, Duncan claims not to have seen the movie at the advice of friends and family and is certainly no supporter of it. It's an interesting story and, if you have an interest, I'd recommend looking it up.

For the purposes of this review, I do not compare the movie with the book. Each is its own entity and it would be hard to match the complexities of the novel's narrative device in film format. But lacking the depth of the book, the movie ends up being a pleasant enough coming-of-age story. If you loved the book, you will react in one of two ways. You might hate that the movie misses or only superficially deals with the larger philosophical issues. Or you might love the book so much that you forgive the movie's flaws because you relate so specifically to the subject matter.

I have no doubt that certain viewers will be enchanted by the offbeat coming-of-age story "The River Why." Attempting to be earnest and heartfelt, however, the film is a bit too quirky for its own good with stylized and unrealistic dialogue. In most film examples, the quirky quotient is used to make hip and self-congratulatory comedies about urban youths--here it is employed to a decidedly more homespun, but no more authentic, tale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Gregg on January 31, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a quiet, lazy, laid-back kind of film (kind of like the act of fishing) - so it's not for everybody, but I enjoyed it. (Didn't have to swat any flies, touch, smell, clean or eat any fish but still felt some peace and enjoyment of fishing. Cool) Am totally looking forward to reading the book now (usually the book is 10x better than the movie, as it doesn't have to finish in a certain time frame).

Some great scenery, peacefulness of fishing/nature, quirky likable characters, an awkward/interesting romance and some interesting philosophy thrown in. I will probably watch it a few times. Good for when in a quiet, contemplative mood...like sittin on the porch on a lazy day, in no hurry and someone you are comfortable with sits and enjoys it with you.

Kathleen Quinlain and William Hurt's characters add nothing to the movie - in fact the William Hurt character's accent and way of speaking basically annoyed me. So, if you think you'll watch the movie just because you enjoy either of those actors - you might be disappointed. Besides, they're small parts.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2012
Format: DVD
There are three main plots in this film focusing on fishing. First, the estrangement of a young man and his two parents. He is sick of living at home with his frequently over-pompous father who is hiding a secret that he never really caught the fish that he wrote about in his best seller book and his mother who is a somewhat boyish tomboy. The parents love one another but have contrary personalities are frequently bickering. Second, while both parents are interested in fishing, the young man wants to go off and fish on his own in his own way. He also needs to find himself. He meets some interesting characters, including a philosopher, a writer, and a beautiful highly spirited girl. Each helps him in different ways. Third, fishing. We see how all of the people love fishing, each in his or her own way, and devote their lives to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drigby on November 14, 2013
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This book came recommended by someone I treasure, look up to and trust. To read it only once is a disservice to yourself. Read it at least twice and you will find there's more to this book than you thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Rutten on May 26, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The best fishing movie I've ever seen! You've got to like fishing and understand the value of steelhead and salmon survival to get the premise of this movie. Sure, it's not a blockbuster cast or high budget movie but it demonstrates the the art and passion of fishing, and the personal relationships aspects are pretty good. Worth watching!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rkilla on February 27, 2013
Format: DVD
The River Why is about finding yourself, peace, and love. This film is a break from the common Hollywood entertainment film. It is a serious film; a testament to our purpose in life, a journey of spiritual awakening. The main character, Gus (Zach Gilford), leaves his home and his parents to live on the river and find himself. Fishing is a great choice to portray the spiritual and philosophical themes, since fishing is such a peaceful and solitary sport. Gus is consistently surrounded by the beauty of nature and in effect the audience enters this atmosphere and learns as Gus does. I recommend this film because it is different from most productions and it can ease your mind. It is an important and impactful film if you take it seriously. Finding inner peace, passion, and love is something that every human should experience, so I really think you can learn something if you approach the film with an open mind.
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