Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that ... See full summary »
Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and that Canada is a safe haven for any S.A.M. unwilling to fight. The cross-country journey begins when the 2 boys think they killed a drunk and steal his car en route to Canada where they encounter The Liberty Maid. Will Josh & S.A.M. make it to Canada or will they wish they should have never left home. Written by
Ryan Harder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It is rumored that the script for Josh and S.A.M. is based on the real-life events in the life of Josh and Sam Rosen in 1990. While not as dramatic, these two brothers embarked on a similar misadventure in Woodbridge, CT, involving a stolen car and police chase following a family squabble. The two were eventually found by authorities hiding in their friend Brad Taylor's tree house. Brad Taylor was reading a book on a bench elsewhere at the time. See more »
The Kotex on Sam's forehead appears and disappears between shots when they are sleeping at the grain elevator, and theb re-appears in the car. See more »
"Josh and SAM" is one of those films that is strangely humorous, in the sense that it really isn't supposed to be all that funny.
The premise-- that two pre-teens steal a car to run away from home (because the younger is actually a robot... or something to that effect) and then end up picking up Martha Plimpton, who refers to herself as "The Liberty Maid" or something-- is just so gloriously bizarre that you find yourself laughing without knowing why.
But the real clincher for this film's humor is that SAM, the technologically-enhanced younger boy, spends almost half of this film with a "feminine hygiene product" attached to his forehead b/c he couldn't find a real Band-Aid. If that isn't comedy, I'm not sure what is...
Rating: 7 out of 10. A prime example of absurdist film-making, although I'm not sure that was the purpose here. Regardless, it's brainless fun that demands a great deal of analysis-- so you'll understand WHY you're laughing at this movie, when you know that you shouldn't be.
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