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Middle of Nowhere (2008)

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

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

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

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(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 »

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Grace: Okay, I'll just wait out here.
Dorian Spitz: Why? Why don't you want to go outside?
Grace: I just don't feel like it.
Dorian Spitz: Why? What do you have to hide?
Grace: ...What? Nothing.
Dorian Spitz: Well, are you scared of these people?
Grace: People?... Is this about Ben?
Dorian Spitz: I don't know, is it about Ben? Is that why you're not going outside? Is it Ben?
Grace: Oh my God, please don't be that stupid...
Dorian Spitz: I'm not being that stupid, okay? I just want to know what you see in this guy, alright? Like, it is that deep, sort of pseudo soulful look that he's always got in ...
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Cuts Like Ice
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Slice of life
23 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

The story starts off with 18 year old Grace(Eva Amurri) being rejected a student loan due to a bad credit history. After her father died, her mother Rhonda (Susan Sarandon) took out credit cards in her name, maxed them out and didn't paid them back. Devastated by the possibility of not going to college Grace starts working a 4 dollar an hour job at Baton Rouge's water park. That's where she meets Dorian Spitz (Anton Yelchin), a 17 year old who is tired of having to meet his adoptive parents expectations and just wants to get away. Grace and Dorian bond very quickly and Dorian tries to convince Grace into going in business with him. Dorian's business consists of selling pot, mainly to rich kids. Grace is reluctant at first but she accepts the offer in hopes of making just the amount of money she needs to go to college. Along for the ride is Grace's 15 year old sister Taylor Elizabeth (Willa Holland)who is being forced into a modeling career by her mother. Middle Of Nowhere is an extremely well written indie and the direction is impeccable. Its a a very honest story that relates more to real life then most films do. The acting was superb, specially Anton Yelchin who delivered a flawless performance and considering some of his other work, he seems to be a really promising actor and on the rise. Overall, In The Middle of Nowhere is a great piece of work that combines several genres and feels like a breath of fresh air. One of the best indies I have ever seen.

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