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3.7 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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In this offbeat indie comedy that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Stanford Law School dropout Jillian (Jess Weixler of TEETH) is hung-over - really hung-over - and now finds herself trapped in food-truck hell, doling out free samples of ice cream topped with extra attitude. Over the course of one crazy day, she encounters a cast of oddball characters, including a retired movie star (Tippi Hedren of THE BIRDS), last night's drunken hook-up (Jesse Eisenberg of SOCIAL NETWORK), a friend who dreams of serving ice cream pants-less (Jason Ritter of TV's PARENTHOOD), and, of course, her ex-fiance. Will this day spent in a Los Angeles food truck wake Jillian from her aimless daze and make her realize that life doesn't stop just because you want it to? Also starring: Halley Feiffer (TV's BORED TO DEATH, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE).

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E8G5HL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are lots of independent movies that try to trade on the fact that they are independent as a way to excuse making crappy movies.
Fortunately, this is not one of them. It is, indeed, independent, and it is, indeed, extremely low-budget.
However, it is a very honest film, and every scene is "front and center." The acting is strong throughout. The people who made this movie did a masterful job of keeping the viewer's interest in virtually every scene from start to finish.
Certainly, it is not everyone's "cup of tea." If you gravitate toward mainstream movies with traditional plots, acting, lines and action, you would be wasting your time with this.
However, if you are a devotee of well-made indies, this is definitely one to consider.
And, as an added bonus (and something I didn't realize until watching the credits run), there was an interesting cameo by Tippi Hedren (who, for those of you old enough to remember, was a big-screen movie star in her own right in the 1950s and 1960s).
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Jess Weixler's performance is really the heart of the movie as she transitions from angry college student to revealing a more fragile side.

The story is basically a snapshot of Jillian (Weixler) on a day that ends up having more meaning to her than she would first realize as she's been asked to fill in for a friend on a cheap ice cream truck giving out free samples after yet another night at the bar. The people she encounters include Tippi Headren as a former starlet (one that wasn't as famous as Headren was) whom Jillian finally opens up to as well as some fun vignettes with other, sometimes unruly customers.

It's not a traditional Hollywood movie and the "hipster" quality in the sarcastic humor might not be everyone's taste but I was glad to have experienced this when I did at a film festival. It's nice to just see a stripped down story sometimes.
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Jess Weixler makes this little indie film memorable. Weixler is an under-appreciated actress. I thought she was wonderful in Peter & Vandy. Weixler's co-star from Peter & Vandy, the equally delightful, Jason Ritter also stars in this film, Free Samples. But Jess Weixler's love interest in Free Samples is Jesse Eisenberg. Weixler's character, Jillian is a law school drop-out who recently broke-up with her boyfriend. Jillian is going through a mini-meltdown. She doesn't know what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Her friends want to go back to law school, but Jillian feels that isn't the right path for her future. She's a lost soul. She's smart but incredibly headstrong. Jillian does a favor for a friend, she fills for her friend at work which takes place in an ice cream sample truck. The plot is simple and hilarious at times. This movie might be boring to some, but I found Free Samples cute and quirky. It's a good indie film. The still beautiful Tippi Hedren also has a smart part in the film. If you're a fan of Jess Weixler, then that's a good enough reason to watch this. Enjoy.
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I admit, I have a thing for low-budget indie films with unconventional stories and screwball characters, and this one did not disappoint. The plot is very simple, the events taking place all in one day (with the exception of the first scene), yet the movie doesn't feel lacking; it doesn't feel too short or like there's not enough there. The film is nicely framed. The main character is introduced as an aimless law school dropout who has no direction in life and by the end comes to see that life doesn't just come to a halt simply because you want it to. It's nothing that hasn't been done before, but the film was so well-acted and the characters were so fun and the comedy was so delightfully quirky that I was able to overlook the cliche-ness.
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I had this movie in the watchlist since May 2013 when it came to Amazon(watch while in theaters). I can see why this movie never got a wide release.
I don't see this movie making it in the theaters.
this movie seems like a movie that would be enjoyed by the select few who actually like these type of movies.
The movie was good.
I liked the supporting characters/actors.
The main character was getting on my nerves, after a minute of listening to her talk, I had to tone her out and focus on only the other character she was talking to her.
Just one question though; Who's Mike? (name on the truck)
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Another "indie" film and the lead actress Jess Wexler was previously not on my radar. Funny how some of her facial expressions look quite like Halley Feiffer's (who has a lesser part as Jess's roommate, and I immediately recognized her from "He's Way More Famous Than You"). Jess's character Jillian dropped out of Stanford Law School for unspecified reasons, though if you believe her she was from a family of lawyers who wanted her to be one, but after a year or so of law school she thought she preferred being some kind of artist instead. Unfortunately to be an artist takes talent as well as good connections and some sheer luck, so since then she's basically been floundering with no clear direction. Jason Ritter apparently has the role of her "sort-of" boyfriend from law school, and Jesse Eisenberg appears as a potential new love interest. These people have each made other movies in combination with some of the others, so apparently this cast likes working with each other, which definitely helps the acting.
Low budget is easy when you do not need explosions, car wrecks, a lot of computer graphics, but just want to tell a story with "real" people interacting with each other, which is what this does. The focus is on the acting and dialog, and that was well-done. People seem somewhat polarized--a lot of voters liking it a lot and some hating it. If you don't enjoy a movie that seems somewhat realistic and is a character study/relationship movie, then you will not like it. Very slight spoiler: back to the basic plot. Jillian is so negative about herself and pretty much everyone else that it was hard not to dislike her.
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