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Highland Park

2.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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HIGHLAND PARK follows a group of high school faculty members and their desire to improve their community. Confronted with overwhelming problems and limited resources, their lives and priorities change when money seemingly falls into their lap.

About the Actor

William Albert Billy Burke (born November 25, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Charlie Swan in Twilight and its sequels, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. He is also known for his role as Gary Matheson in the second season of 24. In 2011, he played Cesaire in Red Riding Hood. In 2012, he was cast as the lead character, Miles Matheson (no connection to character on 24) in the NBC science-fiction series Revolution, created by Eric Kripke and produced by J. J. Abrams.

Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films. As a result, she has been referred to as the Queen of the Indies.

Danny Lebern Glover (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director and political activist. Glover is well known for his roles as Mr. Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, as Michael Harrigan in Predator 2, as corrupt cop James McFee inWitness, as Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film franchise, as Detective David Tapp in Saw, and as George Knox in Angels in the Outfield. He has also appeared in many other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions. He is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.


Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Burke, Parker Posey, Danny Glover
  • Directors: Andrew Meieran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C9PQ6H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 10, 2013
Format: DVD
My reaction to the well intentioned film "Highland Park" is somewhat confusing and even contradictory. I genuinely liked the movie and was entertained. It has a tremendously appealing cast of recognizable and talented character actors including Billy Burke, Danny Glover, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, Kimberly Elise, John Carroll Lynch, Deborah Ann Woll, Rockmond Dunbar, and Eric Laden. And there's a positive message about civic pride, team work, and loyalty. In significant ways, its many charms are hard to resist as a bit of fluffy wish fulfillment. On the other hand, to be very blunt, it's just so silly! It's been a long time since I've seen a movie so empty headed about politics and the financial crisis. It's a shame, too, because you can see that writer/director Andrew Meieren was attempting to make a substantial film fraught with meaning and importance. Anytime the screenplay attempted social critique, however, it simply didn't work in realistic terms. But in its more light hearted moments, the movie has an appealing underdog quality that is sold by these great actors.

Set in Highland Park (big surprise there), a community in Detroit, the film introduces us to the staff of a dilapidated high school. In dire financial straits, the school is facing enormous cut-backs and massive lay-offs. For an unexplained reason, a diverse group of employees (principal, teachers, handy man, bus driver) get together every week to purchase communal lottery tickets. I tried not to dwell on why this particular enclave of people would have gotten together to do this in the first place, many don't seem to have much in common. So I just went with it. One fateful evening, the winning numbers are announced and life will forever be altered for our assortment of characters.
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This could have been a good film, with strong themes and insights into human character. A group of struggling middle-class/blue collar types play the lotto every week, with the same numbers. After many years of losing, they finally WIN $250,000,000.

They begin dreaming of how to fix their lives -- and their school, library, and community! Relatives pressure them for handouts. Some of them play Santa Claus. Others cave in to public pressure to donate money.

Trouble is, they don't YET have the winning ticket...

SPOILER...

Then it turns out they did NOT win after all!

Danny Glover, who normally bought the ticket every week, picked different numbers this time around. He returns from his camping trip to find that all his friends are spending money they don't have. Now he must break the bad news to them.

Up till now, the film was a fairly decent, AUTHENTIC human drama. The sort independent films do best. But that didn't satisfy the filmmaker, for some reason. So the film does a sudden turnaround at the last minute, tacking on an ARTIFICIALLY happy, sappy ending.

Other indie films that wimped out like this include Driven and An Invisible Sign.

HIGHLAND PARK has some other problems. Some of the characters are too overdrawn -- way too noble. Especially Danny Glover, as the retired school handyman. He comes in for free every day to fix things, though he is no longer paid. And he feels so bad about losing the mega-millions lotto for everyone that he withdraws his life savings -- $37,000 -- to give to everyone.
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Not a bad movie. It has a lot of big names and a indie feel but too many stars to really be an independent movie. The concept is cool and it feels like it might have been based on a true story (was it?). It has some peaks and lows and it did keep me very interested. It's the big "what if" factor ... What if this happened? The ending does hurt and as the story progresses it feels like the filmmakers couldn't quite make up their minds if they wanted to go indie or try to appeal commercially.
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This may not have been a high budget movie, but I found it to be very good. It pointed out a lot of problems many cities have, but added comedy. It also had some unexpected, funny twists to it. It is a movie I will be watching more than once!
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Lloyd, Ed, Shaun, Toni, Rory and Jessie live in Highland Park, Michigan. They work at the high school, but now budget cuts have eliminated some of their jobs. They have been buying lottery tickets together for ten years, playing the same numbers each time. Will they ever win?

Since Billy Burke, Danny Glover, Rockmund Dunbar, Kimberly Elise and Vernee Watson are in this movie, I decided to watch. It wasn't as entertaining as I hoped it would be and there was too much profanity, but it was somewhat interesting. The film sends messages about handling money, greed, abuse of authoritative power, parental responsibility, friendship and forgiveness.
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Ok I really appreciate the effort here, it's not often you find an indie movie stocked with good actors in an underserved location. BUT--SPOILER--

How could they go on and spend all that money without having actual conformation. Surely the lottery officials would have stepped in after that news conference and said--these individuals have not claimed their ticket. I get that they were doing this for ten years but, there's trust, and then there's too much suspension of disbelief.

Otherwise it was a sweet little film, maybe too neat in its finale, but any excuse to watch Parker Posey in action is fine with me.
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