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directed by Matt Sobel
America 2015

 

On the way to the reunion of his mother Cindy's (Robin Weigert, THE UNDYING) side of the family in Nebraska, California teen Ryder (Logan Miller, THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT) plans to come out to his redneck relatives but his mother makes it known to him that the topic of his sexuality is as much a no-no as the fact that his father Don (Richard Schiff, THE AUTOMATIC HATE) is Jewish. Although he keeps mum about being gay, Ryder does draw attention with his loud and very short red shorts ("Is that a swimsuit?"). Nine-year-old cousin Molly (Ursula Parker, LOST IN AUSTIN), however, thinks Ryder is a hoot and wants him to draw pictures for her, tie her shoes, and generally monopolizes his attention. When Molly shoes Ryder the barn and she comes running back with a spot of blood on her dress, Uncle Keith (Josh Hamilton, KICKIGN AND SCREAMING) flies into a rage and makes a scene in front of the family, all but accusing Ryder of molestation. Cindy repeatedly blocks Ryder's attempts to defend himself by telling his extended family that he is gay (although it its unclear if the revelation would have had any effect since he is soon branded a "California pervert"). With father Don ineffectual and Cindy and Keith at each other's throats, mortified Ryder runs away and hides in an abandoned barn where his mother surprisingly tells him he would be better off for the night. Things seem to have cooled down the next day when Molly's older sister Abbey (Ashley Gerasimovich, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) shows up at grandma's house with an apology from Keith and an invitation for Ryder to lunch. Believing his manhood is being challenged, Ryder wants to make a statement at a time when Cindy wants to smooth things over. A lunch of tacos becomes an unbearably tense battle of wills between the benignly sinister Keith and untested Ryder that may inadvertently haul other long buried family secrets out of the closet.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 26 January 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:22:12
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.39 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
� Audio Commentary by director Matt Sobel and actors Robin Weigert & Logan Miller
� Interview with actors Robin Weigert and Logan Miller (16:9; 8:42)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:03)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Given the film's brevity, Film Movement has elected to give it as high a bitrate as possible to their progressive, anamorphic encode of this Red Epic-photographed film. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track has a nice surround spread with omnipresent cicadas and birdsong supporting clear dialogue as well as judiciously-employed directional effects. English Closed Captions are also included.

Extras include an engaging audio commentary by director Matt Sobel and actors Robin Weigert & Logan Miller covering the scripting, the unusual audition process, and the ways in which Sobel directed Miller to help shape child actress Parker's performance (as well as explaining to her the implications of certain scenes). They praise Hamilton's subtle performance choices while also calling attention to the supporting contributions of Schiff and Azura Skye (ONE MISSED CALL) including some standout bits that were regrettably left on the cutting room floor for the better of the film. An interview with both Weigert and Miller is also included, with Miller again discussing the audition process and Weigert praising the scripts misdirection. The film's trailer and previews are also included.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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