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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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Filmed in 13 days in Los Angeles. See more »

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

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Betty: There was a time in my life when it was just a joy to wake up every morning and run to the mirror.
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Written and Performed by Kevin W. Buchholz and Jessie Shapiro
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535th Review: Nice small movie about honesty and ice-cream....
6 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Free samples is what an indie movie should be: small, quirky interesting, more character than action - about real life rather than just imagination, and this is Free Samples. It's a film that requires little effort to enjoy but is full of little vignettes that leap off the screen.

All in all, I for one enjoyed this more than many big budget movies: the characters have something to say, the comedy is nicely observed, the camera is tight (even semi-documentary), it's well edited and well shot with a great sense of slacker pace about it and it has a charm of its own.

Seriously, a nice gentle comedy set sround one day of looking after an artificial ice-cream van (so free samples) with some vitriol in the exchanges - the whole thing come across as ten times more honest than most comedies and this is one I would warmly recommend.


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