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Finding Jack Kerouac (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  6 April 2002 (USA)
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Mitch is an eighth year college senior. He has changed majors several times to avoid going out into the real world. Dwight is Mitch's roommate, also in his eighth year. Dwight enjoys ... See full summary »

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Mitch
Christopher Lapish ...
Dwight
Noelle Manuel ...
Lisa
Elaine Tyson ...
Renee
Jeff Sumerel ...
Tim
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Ellen (as Leigh Hill)
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Mr. Pidgeon
Rahn Scott ...
Coop
Yon Gautsch ...
Kurt
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Mitch is an eighth year college senior. He has changed majors several times to avoid going out into the real world. Dwight is Mitch's roommate, also in his eighth year. Dwight enjoys hanging out and has no real inclination to do anything. Lisa is a fourth year senior and the object of Mitch's affection. When Lisa gives Mitch a copy of On The Road by Jack Kerouac, Mitch's life takes a definite turn. Mitch decides to become a beatnik, hitchhike to New York, talk with Kerouac and write the Next Great American Novel. Dwight and Lisa both decide to join him on his quest but their journey is flawed from the onset. The trio travels by car, train, bus and on foot learning valuable life lessons along the way. Written by Jeff Lyon

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Its not always about reaching your destination...sometimes its about the journey.

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Worth seeing.
26 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

True wit. Working on a tight budget, Lyon's work is impressive. You can see a natural knack for movie-making and a talent waiting to break out. This is an independent filmmaker whom we need to see more of. The characters are recognizable and familiar--all people you know, or at least knew of. The adventures have a new twist, and Lyon introduces the viewer to enough colorful bit players to keep the film moving. Trains, bars, hobos, barmaids, hotels, night, day, Central Park, the car that you used to have--all the essential ingredients are here. The earnest quest of the title is offset by where these characters land and what they do. The true value in this film is that it takes you somewhere other than where you think it is going. Often you think you know the next line, then Lyon gives a head fake and shows you something fresh. If you spent more than four years at college, know someone who did, or wish you had, this is a film that is worth seeing.


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