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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 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 ...
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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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Rather static and arid, but above average thanks to Dano's performance
20 October 2013 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Paul Dano is one of my favorite younger character actors and I have decided to watch all movies with his presence - luckily, it is not impossible as he is selective in taking roles... I like his versatility as well as courage to accept roles not arousing compassion or expanding fame.

Joby Taylor is a de facto loser with personal and self-assertion issues without any ideas how to solve the status quo, thus, the pace is slow (often protracted) and events depicted are trivial, amplified by gloomy winter weather and interiors. Dano is constantly on screen, often alone, so the script is more suitable for a stage. Topics like children custody and personal coping are touchy, but it is still not enough for even an independent movie. As for the ending, I got ambivalent feelings as well.

To sum up, not bad ideas and splendid starring, but too bleary and daily grind.


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