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What Alice Found (2003)

Emily Grace , Judith Ivey , A. Dean Bell  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Emily Grace, Judith Ivey, Bill Raymond, Jane Lincoln Taylor, Justin Parkinson
  • Directors: A. Dean Bell
  • Writers: A. Dean Bell
  • Producers: A. Dean Bell, A.P. Feuerman, Don Wells, J.C. Chmiel, Matthew Vose Campbell
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Alice Found" on IMDb

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A small town girl meets up with a middle-aged retired couple on the road and soon gets caught up in a world she never imagined.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Should Find It Too October 8, 2006
What Alice Found is Spartan, it breaks the craft of filmmaking down into its most basic elements and executes well on every one. There are no flaming helicopters to be found here, or big name stars, nowhere to hide. Instead of distractions you find a well-conceived script, excellent acting, and subtle moral choices that never invite cheap, easy answers.

The entire cast of the picture could, and does, fit into an RV - it's a three-person ensemble piece. Digital photography gives What Alice Found a scruffy, high school project feeling that is perfectly in step with the protagonist's innocence and the cheesy ambience of truck stop hooking. In short, writer/director Dean Bell has turned drawbacks into allies.

The simple plot supports a complex character study. Alice, played admirably by newcomer Emily Grace, is running away from home to visit a friend in Florida. Brief flashbacks are used effectively to inform this decision, and help us understand her background. On the road she is befriended, unless "Shanghaied" is a better word, by a couple that roams truck stops in their mobile brothel RV. Part pimps and part surrogate parents, they quickly fold Alice into their world. Though she stays naive, we track her downward spiral by the way she looks.

The showcase performance here is by Judith Ivey, her Sandra manages to convey a broad range of emotions, and motives, without ever once seeming forced. She knows a lot, and she's quick to instruct Alice in the ways of the world, all she's discovered since she escaped Paducah, Kentucky. Through the course of the film we come to understand that neither Alice nor Sandra are completely innocent or guilty, and despite the unkind conditions, an important bond of understanding has been formed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a small diamond April 20, 2006
A beautiful, poignant movie that surprised me. Small, yes, but strangely moving and satisfying after starting out slow. Surprisingly good performances all around from people who don't look like they're professional actors, most of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great indie film! September 21, 2011
By tccampa
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If you like movies with troubled women, you'll love this one. Anyone who has spent time on the road will appreciate the darkness lurking around truck stops and the variety of people one sees while traveling the American highways. Judith Ivey's performance is excellent; her character is beautiful, tragic, optimistic, tough, and real. I love the music in this film as well--the musical score is haunting and perfect in every scene. Overall a great film!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I like this film April 4, 2010
Very mundane film style. Following a real story with real characters, that, of course, have their quirks-- or else the film wouldn't be worth viewing. And in the same vein, the story deals with prostitution, which is a rather irregular type of work-- yet, still is well-traveled story terrain.

I saw this film last night on the channel 7 late night Saturday film broadcast. The prostitution aspect got my attention, the beautiful woman playing the prostitute worked on me too. Thinking I'd click it off at some point, it ended up maintaining my interest. The older woman is an exceptional actress, sort of like the younger version of the old, wacky neighbor (Ruth Morton) in Rosemary's Baby . The sex scenes were alluring and emotional. Her drive to find something more and move out of a small town is not a phenomenal story goal, but real enough to empathize with this character. Wanting more, yeah, I can relate to that.

The film shamelessly overuses flashbacks and extreme close ups, film devices that are often cited as "what not to do" in every film production and screenplay writing book I've ever read. It also settles on bad acting and choppy editing in some circumstances. It doesn't have the greatest production quality either, looking rather cheap, possibly shot on a mid-priced mini-dv recorder. Doesn't matter either, it's actually a refreshing departure from the usual visual gloss of high-priced films. This film just plods along to complete its tale no matter what, and it ignores all of these faults and succeeds. I'm pleased to see the director not heed to these constraints because the story is delivered movingly regardless. It teaches a good lesson in just telling your story no matter what criticism may try to mar it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You don't get Something for Nothing March 4, 2006
By U2girl
I got this movie because Amazon recommended it based on some other movie that I watched. I am not sure what movie that was or how it tied to this one, but I guess that is besides the point. This movie is about a girl that is trying to get away from the town she grew up in like her girlfriend that left to go to college, but she doesn't have it so easy. She ended up stealing from her boss in order to have some money. Once she gets on the road in her beat up Escort, her car has problems and she runs into Sandra and Bill. Because of my usual pessimistic attitude, I was immediately suspicious of this couple. They were just tooo nice. That never bodes well with me.

Anyways, it is a pretty good film. It was very real in the sense that alot of girls may run away or somehow get on the streets and are so naive thinking that someone is going to help them just because. It is a pessimistic attitude, but more than likely if someone comes out of nowhere to help you, normally there is a large price to pay. You have to think about if what you are running away from is really worth the price you will pay for help from strangers. Alice found out.

This movie is not for children, so don't watch it with your little ones. The Sandra character was a mixed bag, she was just so doggone sweet and understanding that you just don't really know how to feel about her. Even though I did like the film, I am not sure if/when I would watch it again. I did find the movie interesting and I thought the acting was great. I also thought they did a good job of setting the characters up so that you could actually feel during the movie. Good job!
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