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The Overbrook Brothers (2009)

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A road movie where two brothers search for their biological parents.

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Nathan Harlan ...
Jason
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Todd
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Shelly
John Jones ...
Dad
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George
Kerbey Smith ...
Kristen
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Receptionist
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Julie
Marc Pouhe ...
Priest
Dicky Garrison ...
Knight on Horseback #1
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Knight on Horseback #2
Jett Garner ...
James (Novel Man #1)
Christopher Shea ...
Arthur (Novel Man #2) (as Chris Shea)
Barry Wilson ...
Cop #1 - Colorado
Jeremy Prince ...
Cop #2 - Colorado
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Sibling rivalry in spades. Against his better judgment, Jason and Shelly, his girlfriend of three years, drive across Colorado for Christmas with his dad and brothers. A fight soon erupts between Jason and his competitive, critical, and constantly-talking brother Todd. After Todd drops a bomb about Jason's parents, Jason drives off with Shelly toward Austin, Texas, to get to the bottom of things. Jason and Shelly object but Todd insinuates himself into the mix, and soon the brothers are competing in foolish games while Jason ignores Shelly. She bails, leaving the boys to sort things out with each other and with Overbrook, the place that might have the answers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Seriously underrated and criminally under-watched
3 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man I love this movie.

One of the hardest things for a truly independent filmmaker at a festival is competing with the high-profile titles. I try to balance what I watch when I'm in a festival environment, known and unknown, and sometimes it really pays off. I like taking a chance on something you've never heard of starring no one you know written and directed by a name that's totally unfamiliar to you. And I like when I'm rewarded for it.

John Bryant's "The Overbrook Brothers," from a screenplay co-written by Jason Foxworth, is one of those lovely surprises, a strong, consistent, occasionally ugly comedy about sibling rivalry taken to a punishing extreme, adoption, identity, and maturity. It's of the current school of the uncomfortable, comedy that is about a sort of unbearable reality. Mark Reeb and Nathan Harlan play Todd and Jason, brothers who have been locked in a sort of hyper-exaggerated Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner rivalry that reduces both of them to six-year-olds every time they're together.

This flick would play perfectly with Awful Nice, another recent SXSW comedy about sibling rivalry. Add Darjeeling Limited and you've got yourself a fine triple feature.

Find this movie if you can. It won't disappoint.


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