The Garage (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  4 February 2006 (USA)
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A mechanic at his father's garage during the late 1970s, Matt dreams about leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Marantz ...
Matt / Matthew Ruppert
Schultz / Mark Johnson
Bonnie Jean / B.J.
Doc Ruppert
Adult Matt
Mr. Johnson
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Mrs. Ruppert
The Hippie
Mike Binelli
Rusty Kelley ...
John Ruppert
Boy / Adult Matts son
Kevin / the jock (as Derek Alvarado)
Jeff Gibbs ...


A mechanic at his father's garage during the late 1970s, Matt dreams about leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep family ties may prevent Matt's ultimate escape, despite pressure from best friend Schultz to take off immediately. Coming-of-age story in a small town. Written by Carl Thibault

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Some things in life you just can't fix.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content




Release Date:

4 February 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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"The Garage" received a grant from Panavision and was shot under Panavision's New Filmmaker Program. See more »

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A remarkably solid debut
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught this film this past week at a film festival, and was very happy I did. The film is both well directed, and well acted. It's not edge of your seat entertainment, nor do I imagine it was intended to be. But what it is, is a very effective, believable and absorbing character study that's both technically superb and believable in its execution.

Though he might not look like a conventionally leading man, Gabriel Marantz more than carries the film. He portrayal of the lead character is both believable, and rife with pathos. Solid film and I highly recommend it.

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