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Rounding First (2005)

| Comedy, Drama, Family | 2006 (USA)
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Three best friends embark on a road trip to discover the secret which their parents have been hiding.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Michael Bolger ...
Matthew Borish ...
Eugene 'Tiger' Pierce Jr. (as Matt Borish)
Deborah Lee Johnson ...
John Koerner
Sam Semenza ...
Quick Mart Clerk
Lou Irizarry ...
Baseball Manager
Ticket Taker (as Brian King)
Gas Station Attendant (as William S. Mahoney)
Drucie McDaniel ...
Crazy Mae
Jeff Mindock ...


Three best friends embark on a road trip to discover the secret which their parents have been hiding.

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Film debut of Matthew Borish. See more »


Though set in 1980, all the police cruisers during the chase scene are at least 1998 or newer Ford Crown Victorias. See more »


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A treasure
24 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I had the chance to see this film four years ago at a film festival, and I've never forgotten it. I just watched it again, and I realized why. This film is a deeply touching, and often funny, little film.

Three best friends: normal but deaf, Joe (Soren Fulton), hotheaded and mischievous Tiger (Matthew Borish), and chubby Chris (Sam Semenza) are sent to camp during the summer of 1980. But Joe's parents have gone off on a trip in the meantime, and they didn't tell him why. Fearing that they're getting a divorce, the three best friends break out of camp and head to Philidelphia to meet his parents.

"Rounding First" is not a perfect movie. The acting is often a little overwrought (particularly by Soren Fulton), and the script could have used a rewrite or two (the film was obviously made on a minuscule budget). Yet, it is still a film that I hold dear, because for all its flaws, it really strikes the heart.

The acting varies. Soren Fulton is overall effective, but in times where he is rather stressed, he can go over the top. Matthew Borish steals the film as Tiger the troublemaker. He is often funny, but sometimes combative. Borish is able to create Tiger's facade and still allow us to peek underneath into his real feelings. Sam Semenza is funny as Chris, who frequently worries about the trouble that the three of them are going to be in once their parents find out what they're up to. Michael Dean is also good as Rascal, the inept criminal who gives them a lift halfway across the country. He's a nice guy, but he's not a pushover. John Michael Bulger is also very good as Tiger's alcoholic father. He cares about his son, but is carrying some trying demons. The other characters aren't as well acted, but they're not important. The only characters that matter are John, Tiger, and Chris, and to an extent, Rascal and Gene.

Perhaps it was budget constraints, but writer/director/editor Jim Fleigner could have used some more time developing his film. As it is, it seems like it could have used a few more rehearsals and rewrites. But it leaves you with the touched, feel-good feeling that he was clearly going for. Special note has to go to the ending. Many thrillers try to surprise you with a twist ending, but most fail. For a dramedy, "Rounding First" pulls a fast one on us like you wouldn't believe. It's tragic and hopeful at the same time. The film is often funny as well. Tiger's insults are pretty clever, and one scene about driving a car is pretty amusing.

It may not be perfect, but "Rounding First" is unforgettable.

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