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Middle of Nowhere (2008)

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An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grace Berry (as Eva Amurri)
Ben Pretzler
Anny Ibarra ...
Morris Kraven
Bonnie (as Aimee Fortier)
Paulette Spitz
Lindsay Soileau ...
Jessica Luther
Jessica Heap ...
Justine Spitz


Summer in a small southern town: Grace wants to go to college, but her feckless mom has poisoned that well (no student loans because mom has welshed on credit cards in Grace's name). Dorian wants to escape from his snobbish adoptive parents. They team up to sell marijuana - she hopes for enough to go to college. Both investigate family secrets, and things get complicated when Dorian falls for her, Grace falls for someone else, and Grace's 15-year-old sister behaves badly. Can Dorian find independence and Grace get to college? And what constitutes a family, anyway? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Life Without a Road Map ...


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, some teen drinking and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Amor de Verão  »

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1.85 : 1
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Real-life mother and daughter Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino play mother and daughter in this movie. See more »


(at 1:14:50) In the Bingo Parlor. we see the girl in blue smock, behind her is a bingo board with numerous numbers lit. There is a cut to the male. Back to her and the board is almost completely unlit. See more »


Rhonda Berry: All I'm saying is, you don't have to go to college to get an education.
Grace: ...To be a doctor? To be a doctor, you have to go to college, mom!
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Laid-back and authentic film about normal young people
19 February 2012 | by (Brighton) – See all my reviews

If you liked 'Blue Valentine', 'Half Nelson', 'Crazy/Beautiful' or 'All That I Love (2009)' you're certainly gonna like this one.

I wasn't expecting really much to be honest but gave it a try and what a nice surprise it was. Don't expect anything dumb or crazy, another stupid teen flick this is not. Just normal young (but very smart and reasonable) people who struggle to find themselves and try to do something worthwhile with their lives. This film is a pretty good definition of the so called 'Gen Y'. Everything is authentic and it is this film's biggest advantage. So if you're in your early 20's and want to watch a film about people like you, go ahead, you won't be disappointed.

Kudos to John Stockwell. I admire his way of portraying things in an unpretentious, real and laid-back fashion. He really understands this day's youth and should get more credit for it.

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