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Middle of Nowhere

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4.1 out of 5 stars (13) IMDb 6.5/10

From the director of Blue Crush comes MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, a witty, warm-hearted comedy about two precocious teens and their unusual families.

Starring:
Eva Amurri Martino, Anton Yelchin
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director John Stockwell
Starring Eva Amurri Martino, Anton Yelchin
Supporting actors Willa Holland, Susan Sarandon, Justin Chatwin, Brea Grant, Anny Ibarra, Kenny Bordes, Scott A. Martin, Aimee Spring Fortier, Marie Debrey, Lindsay Soileau, Veronica Berry, Andrea Frankle, Jessica Heap, Keith Pratt, Paul Lockett, Neal Rivet, Jacqueline Novak, Bill Martin Williams
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I went into this movie expecting a very lightweight, insubstantial comedy, and was very pleasantly surprised at the layered storytelling and strong performances. Eva Amurri plays a smart, strong, determined young woman named Grace, whose plans for college may have been blown out of the water by her self-centered and flighty mom (played by real-life mother Susan Sarandon). Things change when she meets affable, quirky, yet troubled adopted rich kid Dorian (played by Yelchin), whose exploits have landed him a cruddy summer job as her co-worker at the local water park. Without giving away too many plot points, what develops is a semi-comical love quadrangle -- Dorian pines away for Grace; Grace crushes on dreamy-eyed water park patron Ben; Grace's pretty little sister Taylor develops a thing for Dorian. But that's only the top layer. This movie dives deeper to explore what it means to feel adrift and unmoored, and how we find our place in life. There are a few particularly affecting scenes, including the charged interplay between Amurri and Sarandon; and one especially moving conversation between Dorian and the birth mother he's briefly tracked down. The themes of friendship and abiding, non-romantic love end up resonating most strongly. And the late Yelchin once again demonstrates why he was a versatile and gifted acting gem, elevating both the comic and dramatic material in practically every way. When he's in the frame, he rivets your attention; gradually bringing out sympathetic layers in Dorian that make you both weep for and root for the character. First and foremost, see this film for moving performances like this one.
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Susan Sarandon plays the lead with Anton. This is one of the ten movies he has on DVD. Another will soon be on DVD too. And available on Amazon. He is very talented and reminds me of Brad Renfro, who was in THE CLIENT and followed with several successful roles, and died from a drug overdose.
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I don't know where this movie came from. I don't recall its being released in the theaters though, with this cast, it's difficult to believe it's direct to video. But, whatever the case, this is a rare find. It's an indy type film with nothing but writing and acting at its core. No big sets or fancy frou frou. Just a good story with a well honed cast and adroit handling by the director.

Anton Yelchin plays a bright, beyond his years, but troublesome teen who is one step away from the military academy. He has been banished to a water park for the summer where he performs a lackluster job. Eva Amurri also works there and can go to college if she can come up with the trump. Mom (Susan Sarandon) can't help her unless one of her schemes comes to fruition. She's more interested in trying to launch a modeling career for her younger daughter. Yelchin convinces Amurri that helping him sell weed to the locals is a quick way to make the dough necessary for college. She ends up agreeing and that's when things start to happen.

They could not have picked a better actress than Eva Amurri to play Sarandon's daughter. They look so similar it's difficult to believe they're not related in real life. And both do an excellent job here. I suppose I've like Yelchin enough in the few movies I've seen him in but he builds a great character here. I wanted to sit and have a beer with this guy. He is someone I truly wanted to get to know which says as much for the script as it does for his acting.

This is a slice of life type movie where everyone is in a sort of limbo. They are on their way somewhere but can't quite find the key to the door. They also have some serious baggage from their pasts which they need to drop in order to move on.
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I'm surprised so few people have heard of this film because it's really beautiful. It's a realist film about the relationship between two young adults who come from very different socioeconomic classes. There is a lot of pretty footage of waterparks, which I personally really enjoyed. It was very colorful and pretty. The cinematography overall was beautiful. The casting for this movie was really great too. The actors were all great and convincing. It's almost like watching an elegantly filmed cutout of someone's real life. This is a movie that I've seen many times and I still enjoy.
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I rented this film and it was worth the money and time. Susan Surandon plays a witty and alcoholic mother who is still internally dealing with the separation of her husband and then the task of raising her two children. As with any family, the kids have their own aspirations and interests and one leads the other. The older daughter is going through an experimentation phase as she explores sex with an odd companion she meets at work. The younger sibling follows along!

This was an interesting and funny at times film. The characters are played well, but it is hard at times to follow their motivation. I believe that that was part of the way it was written, but it took me back to a time in my life, when I too was going through changes and transformation of being a teen.
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Middle of Nowhere is an independent film and another example of a dark comedy that tries too hard to be funny. They had a weak storyline, but a very strong cast, and I felt it was a film that could have easily been a lot better. Dorian (Anton Yelchin) is a spoiled kid, who never had to work a day in his life. After yet another rebellious act against his parents, the seventeen year old is sent to live with his uncle for the summer. He starts working at the local water park, where he meets Grace (Eva Amurri), a girl who is his complete opposite. She is desperate to earn money for school and Dorian is looking to act out, so the two decide they can both achieve their goals by selling pot together. The story doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to me, because the characters are nothing like they describe themselves to be. Dorian is rich and only there for a couple of months, he doesn't need the money, so why take the risk? Grace, she's always had to be the mature one, taking charge of her family, but we don't see her do that at all. The film is definitely a bit strange, while at the same time being somewhat slow and predictable, but what makes it worth seeing is Anton Yelchin. The Russian born, former child actor, has such charisma and really thrives in roles like this. If you saw Charlie Bartlett, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Yelchin is on another level, outgoing, energetic, quick witted, he's the kid in this film, but as it would turn out, he's also the smartest one of all. Yelchin's personality is larger than life and he will completely draw you in, sadly, other than his performance, this film wasn't much of anything. The story is predictable, the humor is dry, and the rest of the cast really wasn't anything special.
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