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An odd couple of sorts, introspective and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend's brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer of 1988 repainting the traffic lines on a desolate country highway where the surrounding areas have been ravaged by wildfire. In this solitary backdrop, the two bicker and joke with each other as they reflect on their relationships with women, resulting in a clumsy fall headfirst into an unlikely friendship.
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After completing the movie I found the old woman to be the one character that ties together the whole movie and she wasn't even added until they began filming and found her going through the remains of her old house (her role is completely true, authentic and she's not even an actress!)
I myself enjoy solitude and would probably love a job that involved camping out every night. To see Alvin (Paul Rudd) running into solitude supposedly to financially support his girlfriend Madison (Lance's sister) gave the first clue to who he is (or was!) as a person. Lance (Hirsch) on the other hand is the complete opposite; he's obnoxious, loves to talk, listens to loud music, etc. You also meet a fourth character, an old man driving a truck on this desolate road. Come to think of it, he is the *only* person you see driving on this road.
After reading a review by Thomas Lewry on Letterboxd for this film, it becomes apparent who these characters represent (or who they might represent): the four people who lost their lives during the wildfires back in '88. The old woman gets out of, and back into, the truck with the old man at two separate points in the movie but the old man can't see her. We're never told *why* this is but we are left to assume that maybe they are all ghosts; maybe each one of them had actually died in the wildfires. We'll never know for sure, which makes this movie's replay value very high.
I specifically love movies and television shows where the main story isn't nearly as important as the message beneath the story. I watched this on Netflix and ordered the blu-ray right after. I can't wait til it comes in so that I may watch it again and find clues to the underlying theme to better understand and enjoy the story!
thus the "OK" rating.