Starring: Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Synopsis: Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
The film currently has a 6.4 rating on IMDb, which is around the average mark. I actually rather enjoy it though, it is definitely my kind of film, in that it is a low budget indie film which is happy to let the characters drive the movie along, with not a great deal of plot.
Paul Rudd plays Alvin and Emile Hirsch plays Lance. Alvin is dating Lance’s sister. He is older and wiser and a bit of an outdoors type. He is loving the job of being out in the middle of nowhere, because it gives him a chance to camp and fish and live off nature. He is also a bit of a know it all and a bore. Lance on the other hand is young and dumb and full of…a desire to hit the city and the night life and the women and the booze. Naturally, after a while their personalities clash. But they have nothing but each others company.
I thought both Rudd and Hirsch (looking a lot like a young Jack Black) did a good job here. I enjoyed watching their chemistry, be it when they were arguing or getting drunk. The film is definitely more in tune with Green’s earlier films such as George Washington than it is with Pineapple Express, despite what you might expect with the cast. This is a drama with a hint of comedy, and the kind that Green does so well. The kind that showcases simple folk in their natural environment so to speak. It doesn’t have the same almost documentary feel that his earlier films had, but I thought it was rather lovely in places.