In the lonely American Southwest, life is slow for the desert inhabitants of Coyote County. Although it reflects the diversity and pride of the Coyote County residents, local talk radio ... See full summary »
Doug (Rhys Darby) thinks he has the perfect life and is stunned when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. He finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it better ... See full summary »
In the lonely American Southwest, life is slow for the desert inhabitants of Coyote County. Although it reflects the diversity and pride of the Coyote County residents, local talk radio station K-RAP struggles financially, withering like a tumbleweed on its way to oblivion. Meanwhile, a rising radio personality from Los Angeles reluctantly drives through the hot desert toward Coyote County. His name is Jack Proctor. Upon visiting K-RAP, Jack meets the motley crew that works to keep the place running. These odd but charming individuals are a snapshot representation of the population living in this desert region. Jack meets Mr. Sanchez, the "maintenance engineer" and host of a "fix it" show; Raymond, the former-military accountant and host of an alien and paranormal phenomena talk show; Doyle, the sound engineer and host of a technology "geek" show; Mrs. Hopps, host of a cooking show and owner of a local café where everyone loves to eat and hang out; and Lauren, the assistant station ... Written by
I loved this film. I also loved the similarly themed Doc Hollyood, with Michael J. Fox in the 80s. Only in that movie, the town itself and the conflict between big city and small town life played larger roles. This one was primarily a love story.
I've never heard of anyone in this film, but they all did an amazing job. Nikki Boyer, the female protagonist, was totally believable as the all-talk/no-action academic. There's no explanation for why she looks like she may be from India, yet her deceased screen dad was a rancher in New Mexico. Maybe she was supposed to be part Native American, or Hispanic.
Beau Clark, the male lead played his role as part alpha male/part city slicker/part vulnerable everyman with precision, while making it look easy.
I am so tired of movies about fighters, psycho killers, sex-crazed teens, and dysfunctional families. This one thoroughly entertained me without one use of profanity and zero sex. Nice job.
It renewed in me, a boyish optimism about love that I thought had long departed. It also prompted me to contemplate how true love smooths out other existential decisions. When you're in love, you can accept your fate without wanting much more. Or so the film says.
Populate your evenings with films and values like this, and you'll live a blessed life.
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