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Pickin' & Grinnin' (2010)

R | | Comedy | 17 April 2010 (USA)
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Johnny and Milo love music âÂEURÂ" just not the corn dog jingles they've resorted to performing to make ends meet. Facing failure, they decide to travel cross-country for a last chance at success.

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JohnnyJake Johnson
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Milo Johnson
David E. Lane ...
Two Pint Fergus
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Lester
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Johnny and Milo love music âÂEURÂ" just not the corn dog jingles they've resorted to performing to make ends meet. Facing failure, they decide to travel cross-country for a last chance at success.

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Two Brothers. One Dream. No Clue

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Rated R for language and sexual content
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Lord I Need Strong Women
Written by David E. Lane
Performed by David E. Lane
Published by Fortune's Foe Music (ASCAP)
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Indie Sleeper With Lots of Laughs
11 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this little GEM of a movie on a rainy night in Los Angeles, at the Hollywood Film Festival. A friend of mine had an extra ticket, so I figured, "what could it hurt?" If the movie was terrible, I could always hit the bar at the Arclight.

Fortunately for my liver, there was no hitting the bar, as this movie delivered something that Hollywood rarely provides anymore - originality. After sitting through an almost comically long opening credit sequence (and not funny in a good way), I found myself immediately taken in by the film's two lead characters - Milo and Johnny Jake Johnson. If ever the term "loveable Loser" fit, it would be with these two guys.

I'm not going to write a synopsis of the film, as I'm not a film reviewer and I will leave that to the professionals. I will take a moment to write that director Jon Gries (Uncle Rico in Napolean Dynamite) is fighting the good fight, by bringing an old school road comedy like this to the big screen. Kudos to you Mr. Gries for rolling up your sleeves and making a film that the studios would never touch!

There are so many consistently funny moments and just a great ensemble performance, with several of my favorite character actors sprinkled throughout. I'm not sure how Gries and the producers got some of these well traveled character actors (Geoffrey Lewis and Garrett Morris to name a couple), but I was really won over by the heart of this movie.

Great direction, story, music and performances make up this indie sleeper. One of the better experiences I've had at the movies in a long, long time...and not just because it was free.


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