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Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch are an odd couple forced to bond over a summer job repainting traffic lines down a stretch of Texan highway in this buddy film, winner of Best Director for David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) at the Berlin Film Festival. Adapted from the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way, and featuring a soundtrack by Explosions in the Sky.
"Meditative and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the centre of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations. An unlikely friendship develops through humour and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection." (Sundance Festival)
Best Director (Silver Bear) winner at Berlin Film Festival 2013.
- David Gordon Green (based on the movie 'Either Way' written by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson)
Rating: M Adult themes
More loser comedy than bromance, I found myself constantly chuckling at the near-silent antics of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch (here clearly channelling Jack Black) in what is essentially a two-hander. Wes Anderson would be proud of this offbeat tale, which boasts its share of unexpected turns and sharp observational humour reflecting the Icelandic original this is loosely based on.
Time Out London
Total Film (UK)
I'm a huge fan of Pineapple Express, and while I didn't expect the same here (clearly a more paired back, minimalist)... I found it vacant and fatally lacking in laughs.