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Duncan, a philosophical nomad hitchhiking across America, grabs a ride to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Toad - a performance artist and purple leisure slacks enthusiast from the suburbs. Toad ... See full summary »

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Duncan
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Jenny
Eric Vesbit ...
Toad
David Wilcox ...
Hank
Melissa Zafarana ...
Squeeze
Aaron Williams ...
Calvin
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Julian
Julie Thaxter-Gourlay ...
Doreen
Peter Hawkins ...
Therapist
Peter Fletcher ...
Stoned
Jamie Dawson ...
Beeds
Michelle Tuthill ...
Blanche from Texas
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Naomi, the psychic
Brad Byerle ...
Randy
Eric Fehlauer ...
Pete
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Duncan, a philosophical nomad hitchhiking across America, grabs a ride to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Toad - a performance artist and purple leisure slacks enthusiast from the suburbs. Toad has recently left his home town to begin a new life in Ann Arbor where his co-dependent, folk-singing sister Jenny lives with her verbally abusive fiancé, a law student named Calvin. Jenny currently sees a suicidal therapist four times a week and armed with her acoustic guitar, drives away patrons from a local coffee house where she slings cappuccinos with her best friend Squeeze. Squeeze is a closet genius whose easy-going outlook and unconditional support keep her live-in boyfriend Hank from the brink. Hank is a painter who can't paint because he spends his time baking delicious pastries and practicing for the Oprah Winfrey Show. In Ann Arbor, the civilians listen to Julian, a sociopathic dee-jay whose frustration and lingering optimism goad him to find the truth by cutting through blind idealism, ... Written by Julian Rad <jcnrad@aol.com>

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That which doesn't kill you can make you really bitter.

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Duncan: I think it all started with the Declaration of Independence; the idea that we had the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That pursuit is what took America from the revolution to the computer age in 200 years. But the progress has come at a price. The obvious being the people that were exploited to make it possible; the not so obvious being us, the first group of people that were given no obvious frontiers to conquer. We hear stories about the good old days that ...
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Wonderfully-written tongue-in-cheek commentary on "Generation X''s trappings and frustrations
15 September 1998 | by (Lexington, Kentucky (USA)) – See all my reviews

I grew up on The Breakfast Club. So when a film finally did as good a job at following a number of disparate characters as TBC did, I rejoiced that independent film might finally be coming to life again. Steve Chbosky's introspective and on-the-mark gem about a group of so-called drifters in Ann Arbor sets up our expectations about the seemingly one-dimensional characters and then knocks them down in an accurate parallel to what the current generation has been doing to society for years. Chbosky's screenplay is alternately piercingly perceptive and laugh-out-loud funny, and just when you think one extreme will dominate the rest of the film Chbosky switches from emotional discourse to one-liners about the Indigo Girls or vice versa. The story centers on Duncan, a nomad who passes through Ann Arbor for a week or so, only to leave lasting impressions on aspiring folk singer Jenny and surprisingly competent burned-out performance artist Toad. Along the way Duncan (and vicariously the viewing audience) gains insight into human nature, interacts with a frustrated DJ who periodically spouts nuggets of wisdom between deadly accurate monologues about puberty for women, and makes a highly symbolic collage of the U.S., only to teach his friends (and us) that in the end, only we determine if we are just another fad.


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