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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Joby Taylor
Peter Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
William Roberts ...
Tow-Truck Guy
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Fred Butler
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Ellen Taylor
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Claire Taylor
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Mr. Hamilton
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Ronald Walter Mandigo ...
Claire Taylor's Fiancé / Bowling Alley Extra
Mara Pelifian ...
Mrs. Butler
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Mike Almond ...
Bar Extra (as Michael Almond)
Gabrielle Bergeron ...
Bar Extra
Bonnie Lucia ...
Bar Extra
Robert Jordan ...
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

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$6,000 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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$7,282 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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References Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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Written by Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner
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Paul Dano -istic
24 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a small indie about Joby Taylor (Paul Dano). He is a failed musician who just got divorced. He is estranged from his ex and his daughter. Essentially he is a complete mess. He needs to work out custody of his girl Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo) and in the process hopefully reconnect with her.

Paul Dano is able to play this part well. However I think it took too long to get to the girl. It felt repetitive to see him as a loser for that long. It stagnated the film. For the film to work, it needed to work with the girl.

I hate to complain about a little girl's performance. But she added very little to the emotional feel. She was stone-faced thru most of her screen time. Although it could be argued that it was called for, it's hard to act back and forth without 1 side participating.


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