MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 80,179 this week

Roadside Attractions (2004)

 -  Short  -  3 September 2004 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 19 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

A local trouble-maker receives a deadly lesson in irony after harassing a quiet stranger, passing through town.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Roadside Attractions (2004)

Roadside Attractions (2004) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Roadside Attractions.
7 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Nasty Baby (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A close-knit trio navigates the idea of creating life, while at the same time being confronted with a brutal scenario that causes them to take a life.

Director: Sebastián Silva
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Alia Shawkat, Mark Margolis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim
Lilting (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In contemporary London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the untimely death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. We observe their difficulties in ... See full summary »

Director: Hong Khaou
Stars: Pei-pei Cheng, Ben Whishaw, Andrew Leung
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing -- a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Director: Ira Sachs
Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Director: Justin Simien
Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner
The Normal Heart (TV Movie 2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

Director: Ryan Murphy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Frank De Julio
Mommy I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Life Partners (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sasha and Paige's co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

Director: Susanna Fogel
Stars: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Director: Craig Johnson
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson
Masterminds (2015)
Action | Comedy | Crime

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Francis J. McGuire ...
Walter
Scott Nordquist ...
Mullet #1
Cody Carroll ...
Mullet #2
...
Waitress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Gander ...
Guy in the Trunk
Edit

Storyline

A local trouble-maker receives a deadly lesson in irony after harassing a quiet stranger, passing through town.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tromadance | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Some stereotypes are dead on.

Genres:

Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,500 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A wild ride!
10 November 2004 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

Can a short film be a director's masterpiece? When CJ Roy is directing it can. CJ has already cut his teeth directing music videos for the bands In Like Sin, Luminar, Never and Soul Asunder. Short films like i Bitch and Human have wowed audiences at filmfests. ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS combines the all the visual style of a music video with a flair for telling dark, twisted, and humorous tales. In fact, if ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS was condensed to four minutes it would make a great music video. The story would also make a great comic book.

A quiet stranger enters a diner carrying a crystal ball. The visual metaphor of this object: religion, lifestyle,philosophy, etc. The mullets who make fun of the stranger are the same bullies we've all encountered. They imply that the man must be a psycho, which he is. Yet, the blending of music, performance and visuals allow us to empathise with him. The mullets may be laughing at him, but we are laughing with him. It's not every director who can do that. The music in the film will have you wanting to replay this. So will the visuals. Like Spike Jonze, CJ Roy should have a bright future. Whether he continues doing videos and shorts or can expand this kind of experience to feature length is immaterial.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this being screened anywhere? remo_zanetti
Discuss Roadside Attractions (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?