Free Samples (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 April 2012 (USA)
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A Stanford law-school dropout named Jillian escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and on the day of her college boyfriend's birthday, she... See full summary »



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A Stanford law-school dropout named Jillian escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and on the day of her college boyfriend's birthday, she finds herself stuck running an ice cream truck fending off locals and oddball friends alike. This one day spent in a truck on the streets of Los Angeles will wake Jillian from her aimless daze and make her see that life doesn't stop just because you want it to. Written by Jay Gammill

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Ever have one of those years?


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20 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Filmed in 13 days in Los Angeles. See more »


Reflected in the driver's side window of the ice cream truck as Jillian repeatedly drives forward & backward (approx. 35 minute mark). See more »


Wally: I am going to wait on a customer with no pants on. Tell me that isn't the coolest thing ever.
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Written and Performed by Kevin W. Buchholz and Jessie Shapiro
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Makes working in a crummy ice cream truck entertaining
9 August 2013 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

'Free Samples' is not a masterpiece, but it's a simple, understated spark of quirkiness and brilliance, without doubt. Not only is it hard not to like this film, it's hard not to like the sarcastic, drop-out Jillian, played by Jess Weixler, who gives a faultless, genuine performance. One thing I find great is how we know nothing about Jillian initially, but we gradually learn more and more as she sells more and more ice-cream through the day. Jesse Eisenberg gives another cool performance of his and the ever-wonderful Tippi Hedren gives a brilliant touch to this delight.

This indie piece shows how so much can hit you throughout a day of serving chocolate or vanilla ice-cream samples. With subtle emotional input and very funny scenes, 'Free Samples' is a desert not to be turned down.

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