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Told in three segments ranging from satirical to tragic, the film is a wildly original look at American manners, prejudices, and family dynamics. | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Sneering is easy, but you have to do it well See more (10 total) »

Cast

 
Frank Avery ... Dr. Google
Jeremiah Brennan ... Uncle Jeremiah
Ralph Brierley ... Ralph
Dianne Chapman ... Dianne
Mike Ellis ... Gene
Brian Fox ... Little Ricky
Susie Greene ... Pat the Realtor
Mary Griffin ... Tammy

Perla Haney-Jardine ... Pearl
Sheliah Ray Hipps ... Sheliah
Ellis Robinson ... Ellis
Molly Surrett ... Molly

Thomas Aske Berg ... Chaz Slater (uncredited)

Directed by
Chusy Haney-Jardine 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chusy Haney-Jardine  writer
Jennifer MacDonald  writer

Produced by
Jennifer MacDonald .... producer
Joe Morley .... executive producer
Andy O'Neil .... co-producer
Heather Winters .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jason Smith 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Rousseau 
 
Film Editing by
Chusy Haney-Jardine 
 
Makeup Department
Rob Edmondson .... special makeup effects artist
Satori Kirsch .... special makeup effects artist
Amy Kobos .... special makeup effects artist
Monica Nolan .... special makeup effects artist
 
Art Department
Ginger Hebeisen .... additional graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Brandon Goodwin .... sound recordist
Jon Orr .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pilar Belmonte .... still photographer
Dave Bragg .... camera operator
Anthony Holderfield .... griptician
Meiklejohn Pate .... gaffer
Meiklejohn Pate .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Joel H. Hinojosa .... trailer editor
Andy O'Neil .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Nick Campbell .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Ginger Hebeisen .... production assistant
Sabrina Hilario .... assistant to producer
Andrew Moore .... script supervisor
Jerry TerHorst .... production assistant
 

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123 min | USA:109 min (dvd release)
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Sneering is easy, but you have to do it well, 26 October 2008
Author: daniel-turnbull from United Kingdom

I saw this film in the London Film Festival. I was really looking forward to an intelligent satire but unfortunately Anywhere, USA just did not deliver. The film is in three segments, the first a tale of rednecks and suspected terrorism, the second a faux-naive whimsical story about a hippy-burnout and a kid losing her faith in the tooth-fairy, and the third a tale of a WASPy old guy deciding he really must get out and meet some black folks. The middle segment is quite sweet and has some good ideas. The first and last parts are utterly charmless with barely a funny moment between them.

As you get to the end of the film, you begin to realise that the three segments are supposed to be parodies of common types of Hollywood films: the dumb action movie (e.g. Die Hard), the whimsical indie movie (e.g. Little Miss Sunshine) and the story of wealthy middle-aged guys going off the rails (e.g. American Beauty). The structure of the whole thing was also reminiscent of Magnolia type many-strands-coming-together films. To me, though, this aspect of the film was really unsatisfying - it is not enough to excuse something obvious and charmless by saying "We were actually parodying something obvious and charmless" (For the record, I don't think the films just mentioned are obvious and charmless, but I get the sense the makers of this film did.)

More than this, however, was the contempt that the film seemed to show for its audience. At one point, the film deliberately shows an implausible scene, allowing the audience to think "oh well that was implausible" and then comments on the deliberate implausibility of the film. It is a cheap trick, and it is neither big nor clever.

Effective satire relies on originality, sharp wit and being scrupulously fair (rather than trying to score cheap points). On this score, as on every other, this film fails to deliver. I can stand bad films, but not bad films that are so self-satisfied with so little justification. If this is what passes for a prizewinner at Sundance then that festival needs to take a long hard look at itself.

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