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Middle of Nowhere -- From the director of Blue Crush comes MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, a witty, warm-hearted comedy about two precocious teens and their unusual families.
Middle of Nowhere -- Two teens in a small town connect over a summer in this trailer


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An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eva Amurri Martino ... Grace Berry (as Eva Amurri)

Anton Yelchin ... Dorian Spitz

Willa Holland ... Taylor Elizabeth Berry

Susan Sarandon ... Rhonda Berry

Justin Chatwin ... Ben Pretzler

Brea Grant ... Jean
Anny Ibarra ... Elena

Kenny Bordes ... Ryan

Scott A. Martin ... Morris Kraven

Aimee Spring Fortier ... Bonnie (as Aimee Fortier)

Marie Debrey ... Paulette Spitz
Lindsay Soileau ... Cami

Veronica Berry ... Vik

Andrea Frankle ... Jessica Luther
Jessica Heap ... Justine Spitz

Keith Pratt ... Joe
Paul Lockett ... Gate Security Guard
Neal Rivet ... Seth Schrader
Jacqueline Novak ... Melanie (as Jacqueline Rae Novak)

Bill Martin Williams ... David Chester Spitz

Karen Bramen ... Aunt Polly
Sharon K. London ... Ms. Bryant (as Sharon London)

Kyle Clements ... Ted Jorgenson

Hugo Perez ... Kadija Ahmed

Jerry Leggio ... Judge
Randy Maggiore ... Dick Jones (as Randy Magglore)

William Haze ... Bob Berry (as Will Haze)

Jeannetta Arnette ... Mindy Green

Kennon Kepper ... Kid with Attitude
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Allen Boudreaux ... Golfer (uncredited)
Daurice Cummings ... Water Park Patron (uncredited)

Brooke Frost ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Melissa S. Harris ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Dawn Himel ... Housewife (uncredited)
Jaci LeJeune ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Allison Moss ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)
David Pitt ... Guest (uncredited)
Yalonda Lisa Reeves ... Party Guest / Park Visitor (uncredited)
Cassidy Smith ... Water Slide Racer (uncredited)
Dawna Williams ... Water Park Patron (uncredited)

Michael Wozniak ... Golfer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Stockwell 
Writing credits
Michelle Morgan (written by)

Produced by
Garrick Dion .... co-producer
Brendan Garst .... line producer
David Lancaster .... producer
Michel Litvak .... producer
Nicole Rocklin .... producer
Brian Ross .... co-producer
John Stockwell .... producer
Gary Michael Walters .... executive producer
Richard Walters .... co-producer
Original Music by
Ferraby Lionheart 
Cinematography by
Byron Shah (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle 
Casting by
Natasha Cuba 
Heather Nunn 
Production Design by
James A. Gelarden 
Set Decoration by
Luci Leary 
Costume Design by
Dana Embree  (as Dana Marie Embree)
Makeup Department
Kimberly Amacker .... key makeup artist
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Susan Sarandon (as Marilyn Carbone)
Michelle Johnson .... hair stylist: Susan Sarandon
Rose Librizzi .... head makeup artist (as Rose Librizzi Davis)
Scott H. Reeder .... key hair stylist (as Scott Reeder)
Tony Ward .... head hair stylist
Ebony Star Parson .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Steve Beswick .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Currie .... second second assistant director (as Michael Currie)
T.K. Shom .... first assistant director (as TK Shom)
Katey Wheelhouse .... second assistant director
Art Department
Thomas David Adams .... greensman (as Thomas 'David' Adams)
Tom Ashburn .... lead scenic (as Tom A. Ashburn)
Monique Champagne .... set dresser
Jaime Fernandez .... on-set dresser
Kerry Hardy .... set painter
Erika Marie Heaton .... props
Christopher C. Jones .... graphic artist: title
Jessica Lee .... art coordinator (as Jessica M. Lee)
Twig Leveque .... property assistant
Joseph Pipes .... leadman
Noel Rideout .... set dresser
Janna Roach .... property assistant
Michelle Rolland .... property master
Grant Widmer .... set dresser
Sound Department
Alex Brazan .... adr mixer
Alex Brazan .... foley mixer
Alex Brazan .... sound designer
Alex Brazan .... sound recordist
John B. Cormier .... sound effects editor (as John Cormier)
Jason Dotts .... sound designer
Jason Dotts .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Alex Faucheux .... foley artist
J. Alex Faucheux .... sound recordist
Cameron O. Galloway .... adr editor (as cameron Galloway)
Cameron O. Galloway .... dialogue editor (as Cameron Galloway)
LaToya George .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Gilbert .... supervising sound editor
Dan Izen .... sound mixer
Betsy Lindell .... boom operator
Cackey Miltenberger .... foley artist
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
John O'Bannon .... assistant sound editor (as Jared O'Bannon)
Dean Treloar .... sound effects editor
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Kevin Gradnigo .... foley editor (uncredited)
Jeff Galpin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Bommarito .... grip (as Giovanni Johnandrew Bommarito)
Nathan Borck .... still photographer
Sal Camacho .... additional first assistant camera (as Salvadoe Camacho)
Jayson S. Coddington .... grip
Donta Coleman .... camera utility (as Donta L. Coleman)
Rene Crusto .... best boy grip
Edward Darr .... grip
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip
Eli Everhard .... lighting technician
Tonja Greenfield .... loader
Charles 'Tom' Hinson .... dolly grip
Morgan Jenkins .... Steadicam operator
Morgan Jenkins .... camera operator
Brad Leidholdt .... grip
Ricardo Lozier .... grip (as Ricardo Rico Lozier)
Ethan McDonald .... additional first assistant camera
Allen Parks .... gaffer
Myron Parran .... second assistant camera
Jason Prowell .... lighting technician
Michael Robillard .... grip
Declan Ryan .... best boy electric
Corie Savary .... camera intern
Nathan Tape .... lighting technician
Aaron Toups .... grip
Earl Woods .... lighting technician (as Earl H. Woods)
Alexander Yellen .... first assistant camera
Louis Zlotowicz .... additional second assistant camera
Lawles Bourque .... epk camera operator (uncredited)
McKay Johnson .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Michael D. Kennedy .... additional lighting technician (uncredited)
Ryan Lamy .... additional lighting technician (uncredited)
Luke Porterfield .... additional lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brent Caballero .... local casting
Corey Flasploer .... additional local casting
Natalie Patterson .... additional local casting
Kevin Hidalgo .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nori Musarra .... costumer
Lauren Wade .... costume supervisor
Rachel A. Walker .... key set costumer
Suzanne M.B. Chambliss .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kamila Baghernejad .... digital intermediate coordinator
John Dietrick .... first assistant editor
Adam Hawkey .... digital intermediate colorist
Steve Hernandez .... digital intermediate operations manager
Richard Jordan .... digital intermediate general manager
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer
Mia Lavezzi .... digital intermediate restoration artist
Kevin Mullican .... digital intermediate chief technical engineer
James Veitch .... digital intermediate conform artist
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Jerad Janke .... location production assistant
John A. Metoyer .... location assistant
Jason Pickering .... assistant location manager (as Jason E. Pickering)
Van White .... location scout
R. Bryan Wright .... location manager
Chris Comeaux .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Long .... music mixer
Logan Raskin .... composer: theme music
Raymond Richards .... music engineer
Brian Ross .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Emmitte Bergeron .... driver
Bennett Bunch .... driver
Butch Chaney .... local transportation captain
Russell Davis .... driver
Glenn Dephillips .... driver (as Glen Dephillips)
Monica W. Fuller .... driver (as Monica Williamson)
Tack Johnson .... driver
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator (as Welch Lambeth)
Albert Lopes Jr. .... driver
Buddy Pine .... driver: honeywagon
Jim Robin .... driver
Billy Melvin White .... driver (as Billy M. White)
Charlie Wright .... transportation captain
Christy Zeller .... transportation office coordinator
Other crew
Adam Babin .... production secretary (as Adam J. Babin)
Gavin Black .... production executive
Mona Coulter .... travel agent
Naia Cucukov .... assistant: Mr. Lancaster
Alex DeLeon .... chef
Eddie DeLeon .... caterer
Chris Hadlock .... production coordinator
Jim Hale .... production accountant
Humberato Haro .... craft service
Rachel Jacob .... basecamp production assistant
Eva Jensen .... studio teacher
Karen Kennedy .... caterer: A&M Catering
Kevin Lorio .... set production assistant
Melissa Perret .... assistant accountant: payroll
Danielle Poret .... assistant: Mr. Stockwell
Johnnie Ruth Richey .... assistant production coordinator
Amy Sanderson .... script supervisor
Ashley Renee Saunders .... office production assistant (as Ashley Saunders)
Eric Sizemore .... set production assistant
Greg Washington .... set medic
Matthew Wright .... set production assistant
Anthony Yuse .... key set production assistant
Will Zinser .... accounting production assistant
Heather Bloom .... stand-in (uncredited)
Seaun Boseda .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Laurent Boyé .... publicity staff: publicity team (uncredited)
Alex Coffee .... business affairs (uncredited)
Jeff Galpin .... animal trainer: owl (uncredited)
Duck Grossberg .... data manager (uncredited)
Margeaux C. Johnson .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Tracey Rea .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lora Marie Taylor .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jamie Worlds .... head of production finance (uncredited)
Nimrod Zalmanowitz .... epk producer (uncredited)

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Rated R for drug content, some teen drinking and sexual material
Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Real-life mother and daughter Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino play mother and daughter in this movie.See more »
Continuity: (at around 15 mins) 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 »
Dorian Spitz:I knew we should go into business together... I can see it on your face, you know. I can see it in your eyes. You need to escape your world just as much as I do.
Grace:Except that you're trying to escape down, and I'm trying to escape up.
Dorian Spitz:No. There's no up or down, man. There's just free and trapped.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Solid indie film with a good cast and director, 27 July 2012
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is a surprisingly good movie about a recent high-school graduate (Eva Amurri) who's irresponsible mother (Susan Sarandon) has blown her college fund and destroyed her credit, so she gets together with a very moral but very misguided rich kid (Anto Yelchin)to deal dope in their "middle-of-nowhere" small town. A love triangle develops between the girl, her erstwhile "business partner", and her precocious, aspiring model younger sister (Willa Holland), but it is a largely unrequited one as she is uninterested in him and he resists the jailbait charms of her sister.

Eva Amurri is a beautiful and talented actress, if a bit long in the tooth to be playing a recent high school graduate. Willa Holland is an unusually beautiful teenager who has since gone on to work in European films like "Summer in Genoa" (as an even more sexually precocious youngster). She does a good job playing an aspiring underage model. It's nice to see Susan Sarandon playing a completely unsympathetic role like this. The real surprise though is Anton Yelchin who I usually find incredibly annoying even in movies I otherwise like like "Alpha Dog". Instead of wanting to kick his teeth down his throat as usual though, I actually kind of liked his character here (although strangely this is the second time he played a sympathetic drug-dealer--he had a very similar role in the more famous, but overrated "Charlie Bartlett).

A lot of credit also has to go to director John Stockwell. It's interesting that two of the more interesting and underrated indie directors today, John Stockwell and Keith Gordon, once appeared together as ACTORS in the very mediocre 1983 horror movie "Christine". Stockwell has come the closest to mainstream success (or, depending on how you look at it, selling out) with films like "Crazy/Beautiful" and "Blue Crush", but he does better I think with smaller pictures like this. I'd recommend this.

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