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A generous, unguarded performance from Rachael Harris cuts through the cuteness of a quirky premise in Natural Selection.
Best known as Ed Helms' nagging fiancée in "The Hangover," Harris is just perfect without ever looking down on Linda's faith in God and herself. Her performance earns a special kind of glory.
The results are often comical, but Pickering who made the film in tribute to his mother, the real Linda White - imbues them with faith in something, maybe dignity, maybe love, maybe just the simple human urge to keep on moving.
An intriguing and intelligent first effort from indie filmmaker Robbie Pickering, digs deep into the heart of Texas for its soulful tale of small town saints and sinners and a road trip to redemption.
Slant Magazine
The film works because what it documents is less a transformation and more a return to a former, more natural state for its troubled protagonist.
This filmed-in-Texas road movie finds a smooth groove between self-conscious quirkiness and broadly played farce.
Village Voice
Natural Selection mixes elements of "Transamerica" and the recent "Higher Ground" to tell the story of how a God-fearing fortysomething woman found the greatest love of all.
As cartoonish as much of this is, Pickering's story is refreshing in its refusal to paint all Christians with the same brush,
Aside from Ms. Harris's performance, the main reason to recommend Natural Selection - very conditionally - is that its creator clearly has talent. He simply lacked the resources to make the movie he envisioned.
This writer-director still has some evolving to do.

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