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Down the Road Again (2011)

Recently retired and living in Vancouver, Pete is estranged from his old life in Eastern Canada until he is brought back to Toronto and Nova Scotia by the news that his old best friend, Joey, has died.

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Pete McGraw
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Betty-Jo Mayle
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The sequel to the Canadian classic Goin' Down the Road (1970) picks up forty years later when Pete is on the cusp of retirement from his job as postie. Pete has been living in Vancouver, disconnected from his old life and friendships. On the verge of his retirement, Pete receives a call from an acquaintance of his somewhat estranged best friend, Joey. Pete learns that Joey is facing surgery for cancer. Days later, Pete is paid a visit from Joey's pal and Pete is given a package as he learns of Joey's demise. Joey has sent Pete the urn containing his ashes, 3 letters, money and the plea that Pete fulfill his final wishes. Instead of peaceful retirement, gardening and dreaming of a more creative life, Pete instead finds himself on the road again in the old Chevy. This road trip is a true adventure and each letter, a clue as to what will happen next. From the grave, Joey dictates Pete's next steps and ultimately changes the course of his life. First stop is Toronto where Pete is to find ... Written by Anonymous

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A retired Vancouver 'postie' heads back east to do a last favor for an old friend.
4 December 2012 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I loved this charming, quintessentially Canadian movie. I haven't yet seen the first one but am definitely planning on it now. I loved Betty, with her hard boiled edge, hanging up on Pete and closing the door in his face. Pete's humble, patient attitude prevailed despite the successive plot twists and perhaps helped me to believe the unbelievable.

Some cynics might dismiss this movie as being too poignant but they're making a mistake because it shows how easy acceptance and forgiveness can be. This movie deserves a lot more recognition. I hope that over the years, it will become a classic must see for Canadians.


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