Imagine yourself, your father just having died. You are tasked with finding your brother who has been off the grid for some time to bring him home for the funeral. When you finally track him down, you find him naked and passed out in a tee-pee on a Native American reservation. What are your thoughts? Something like, "This is going to go well" ? Probably not. And that's precisely the situation Jim Brouillette (James Pumphrey) finds himself in. His brother Dave (the effing hilarious Alex Rennie, who co-wrote the film as well as the short film '92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card on which Awful Nice is based), is the family screw-up who has never been able to hold down a steady job or create anything remotely resembling a life for himself. He and Jim are polar opposites and that's what makes their relationship so damn funny. Jim is married, has a 4-year old son, has published a book and holds a steady job at a university. His only care in the world outside of these things is cheering on the Minnesota Twins. So when his world is toppled so that he and Dave can go sell their Dad's lake house that he left them in his will, he doesn't react terribly well.
Today is the first day of my SXSW 2014 experience and I'm so excited! There are lots of movies I'm looking forward to, and I've got a tentative schedule I'd like to share with you. Follow me on twitter to keep track of all my musings. www.twitter.com/DialMForMelissa
Have a look at the lineup and let me know what you think I should see!
The dysfunctional family has long been fertile ground for many a film. The small town and the politics contained within has also born much fruit in the cinematic landscape. When they are combined as they are in Jay Alaimo's Chlorine, you can be sure shenanigans will take place and in no way are we disappointed.
The story centers around a family headed by patriarch and bank middle manager Roger (Vincent D'Onofrio) and uncaring and equally indifferent stay-at-home mom Georgie (Kyra Sedgwick) going through a mid-life crisis. They have two children, teenager Cynthia (Flora Cross) who has recently gone through her change into womanhood after getting her period for the first time on the starting blocks at a swim meet, and Henry (Ryan Donowho), an underachieving carpenter whose altruistic worldview differs from the money hungry conformists that populate Copper Canyon. When Roger fails to make a promotion at work, Georgie, who freely and proudly admits to never having worked a day in her life, questions the family's standing, wishing that they were as well off as many of their neighbors. This diatribe ultimately puts the family in a precarious situation.
Is it spring yet? I'm not sure about the rest of you but I'm so over this snowy winter and awful road conditions. Luckily, as spring approaches so do some great movies.
Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook. If a time-sensitive deal comes up before Thursday, I'll share it there so you can grab it.
Cinemark - Print a coupon off Facebook for a free small popcorn with the purchase of any bottled water, Fuze, or Vitaminwater. (Expires March 12, 2014)
Fandango - Purchase a ticket for the new Veronica Mars movie and you'll get the first three episodes of Veronica Mars for free on iTunes. (Expires March 24, 2014)
Regal - Download the Regal App and you'll get a special coupon at the beginning of each month. The March coupon for $3 off any soda. The coupon can be used multiple times, but only once per day. (Expires March 31, 2014)
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