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Scenic New Hampshire serves as the novel setting for "Live Free or Die" (not to be confused with the later Bruce Willis film, "Live Free or Die HARD"), an entertaining indie comedy that takes its title from the state's time-honored motto of in-your-face defiance.
John Rudgate - who goes by the nickname "Rugged" - is an inept wannabe tough guy who fancies himself a notorious outlaw. He spends most of his days riding around in a dilapidated van trying to convince others - as well as himself - that he is, indeed, the most feared lawbreaker in the county. In reality, the "stolen" merchandise he is moving is actually his own stuff, and the gun he keeps in a drawer in the kitchen is nothing more than a water pistol. The folks in town shrug him off as little more than an irritating pest with delusions of criminal grandeur. Like any villain worth his salt, Rudgate needs to find himself a sycophantic henchman who will do a substantial amount of his dirty work for him. He alights on Lagrand, a simpleminded, but sweet-natured acquaintance who co-owns a storage facility with his sister, a clear-eyed pragmatist who, unlike her brother, knows a BS-ing con artist when she sees one.
Although the movie can't entirely shake free of the "oddball quirkiness" factor that seems to afflict so much of regional filmmaking these days, moviemakers Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin evince a genuine affection for their characters and a sly way with storytelling that go a long way towards mitigating that weakness. They are aided immeasurably by wonderfully self-effacing performances by Paul Schneider, Michael Rapaport, Zooey Deschanel, and, above all, Aaron Stanford, who, as Rudgate, turns a potentially one-note caricature into an endearingly original and surprisingly memorable comic figure. And, besides, the colorful New England setting is alone worth the price of a rental.
The criminal activity escalates through a series of misunderstandings. The movie is lightly comical as we laugh at Rudgate and not with him.
F-bomb, C-word, no sex, Nude poster on wall.
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This was filmed in my town! I have to own it! Pretty damn funny! Great cast too!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was happy with this DVD and I got it a day earlier than expected. I would recommend this to someone else.Published on October 17, 2013 by Ciara Berry
Glad to watch a movie that does not have the same story line as everything else...found good music and some good lines!Published on June 7, 2013 by monkeysrage
just had to write a quick review to counteract some peoples apparent enthusiasm about this movie. To me it was totally awful, it just didnt work. Read morePublished on November 17, 2008 by Tom Jam
Only a few scenes were slightly amusing at best. Cannot recommend this one as a comedy.Published on July 7, 2008 by chupacabra