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Highway (2002)

After Jack gets caught with a Vegas mobster's wife in bed, he's gotta hit the road. Jack's best friend Pilot accompanies him, and the pair sets out on an adventure akin to Kerouac's "On the Road".

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Leto ... Jack
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Pilot
Selma Blair ... Cassie
John C. McGinley ... Johnny the Fox
Jeremy Piven ... Scawldy
Arden Myrin ... Lucy
Kimberley Kates ... Jilly Miranda
Mark Rolston ... Burt Miranda
Jarret Thomas Jarret Thomas ... Kid #1
Stephen Shellen ... Clark Hayes
Matthew Davis Matthew Davis ... Booty
Madeline Parquette Madeline Parquette ... Pilot's Mom
George Spielvogel III George Spielvogel III ... Boneman
M.C. Gainey ... Steven
Conrad Goode ... Gibby
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Storyline

Jack is caught with the wife of his employer, a Vegas thug. The thug sends goons after Jack, who convinces his best friend, Pilot, to flee with him. Pilot insists that they head for Seattle, but doesn't tell Jack why. The goons learn from Pilot's drug source where the youths are headed, and they follow, hell bent on breaking Jack's feet. On the road, Jack and Pilot give a ride to Cassie, a distressed young woman. She and Jack hit it off. They pick up an aging stoner headed to Seattle for Kurt Cobain's memorial, and they help a circus sideshow family. Why is Pilot so set on Seattle, will the goons catch Jack, and is there any way the friends' competing needs can be resolved? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, drug content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Leonard Cohen Afterworld See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Alex Entertainment Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was intended for a September 2001 theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

When Jack decides to take a power saw and make their car into a "convertible", Pilot is seen asleep in the driver's seat on interior shots, but the car is empty in several of the exterior shots. See more »

Quotes

Pilot Kelson: Desmond the alligator boy is a major happener
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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I Wanna Be a Homosexual
Written by Ben Weasel, Danny Vapid and Jughead
Performed by Screeching Weasel
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NOT a waste of time.
26 April 2003 | by ditkarrificSee all my reviews

Count me in to the camp of people who are unable to fathom reviews of this movie that say it's a complete waste of time.

"Citizen Kane" it is certainly not. But it *is* an entertaining, fairly fresh road trip movie. Leto, Gyllenhaal, and Blair all give good performances.

I consulted the reviews on here before sitting down to catch this flick on cable late at night, and decided that I'd give it 20 minutes to prove itself either worthy of 1:45 of my time, or worthy of all the bad reviews it's picked up on here. Needless to say, I watched the whole film.

"Highway" is a decent off-beat comedy with some very memorable lines and a nice undercurrent of life-long friendship. Check it out... and, remember, "the world is divided into two groups of people-- pandas and alligator-boys." ;)

My score: 7 out of 10.


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