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American Fork (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | January 2007 (USA)
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At nearly 400 pounds, Tracy Orbison is a wide target. When he sets out to pursue his dream of acting, the grocery clerk finds an assortment of people waiting to dash his dreams: his acting ... See full summary »

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Chris Bowman

Writers:

Hubbel Palmer (screenplay), Hubbel Palmer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubbel Palmer ... Tracy Orbison
Kathleen Quinlan ... Agnes Orbison
Geoff Hansen Geoff Hansen ... Driving Instructor
Scott Lincoln ... Lyle
Rae Ritke ... Helen
Bruce McGill ... Mr. Grigoratus
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Peggy Orbison
William Baldwin ... Truman Hope
Megan Ferguson ... Young and Plain
Vincent Caso ... Kendis Cooley
Miki Eto Miki Eto ... Hsao-Wei
Micaela Nelligan Micaela Nelligan ... Laverne
Janet Varney ... Joleen
Rob Steiner Rob Steiner ... Benji
Guangze Zhu Guangze Zhu ... Mr. Wong
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At nearly 400 pounds, Tracy Orbison is a wide target. When he sets out to pursue his dream of acting, the grocery clerk finds an assortment of people waiting to dash his dreams: his acting coach, who has designs on his sister Peggy; his juvenile-delinquent friends, who suck him into their petty crimes; and his God-fearing, self-loathing mother. Through it all, Tracy remains irrepressibly upbeat, convinced he's destined for something big. Written by Framework Pictures

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The life and times of Tracy Orbison, a grocery clerk with the mind of a dreamer, the soul of a poet and the body of a really fat man. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and violence | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humble Pie See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,083, 8 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,223, 6 December 2009
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While Kendis and his friends listen to metal and dress to fit the genre, most of the posters on their wall are for alternative rock bands including Circa Survive and Koufax. Limbeck is practically a country band. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Orbison: I think the next stuffed animal I get I'm gonna name him Ariel.
Agnes Orbison: Honey, I'd like to see the day when you're naming real live human babies, not just plush ones.
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References Ladyhawke (1985) See more »

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Wong Way
Written and Performed by Corey Wallace
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Help yourself to a heap of Humble Pie.
1 November 2009 | by Jon Ted Wynne (wynne-1)See all my reviews

Awhile back I received in the mail a box, much larger than that which would normally contain a DVD. Yet that is precisely what it was: a DVD—and a very imaginative press kit. There was a tin plate, a plastic fork, and all sorts of candies shaped like hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. It made me smile and think "how creative".

Well that is precisely the reaction I had to watching this sweet, tender film. Eschewing the scatology that passes as wit in Hollywood these days, HUMBLE PIE displays tremendous wit, compassion and understanding about people. It also establishes the enormous presence of hugely-talented young writer/star Hubbel Palmer, who stars as Tracy Orbison, a gentle grocery clerk who dreams of achieving a higher purpose in life.

Multiple failed driver's tests serve as a metaphor for the challenges Tracy faces in his life. He has a strange home life with his eccentric mother and mousy sister (her hobby is collecting stuffed animals—sort of a Laura character from THE GLASS MENAGERIE, except her frailty is emotional, not physical). His well-meaning boss at the grocery store (the always reliable Bruce McGill) is helpful, but only up to a point. Tracy's friends sometimes let him down. His best efforts sometimes blow up in his face. Through it all, however, Tracy maintains a sunny disposition and a determination that is positively inspiring.

Thus the film follows Tracy's adventures as he struggles to achieve his goals. His foray into drama is made positively hilarious by the inspired casting of William Baldwin as his egotistical acting teacher. I'm not a Billy Baldwin fan by any stretch of the imagination, so it was positively delightful to be won over by his spot on performance as an actor whose ego far exceeds his talent. Baldwin has the best line of the film after watching Tracy play a bit part on television.

If the film has a weakness, in my opinion, it is that the story didn't quite resolve as fully as I would've liked. When Tracy shares his poetry with a colleague from the grocery store, her reaction is not what I thought (and hoped) it would be. Of course, maybe that's the whole point: life is like that, but Tracy is so gol-darned lovable that I wanted a better payoff for him.

Another reason to see this film is to enjoy Kathleen Quinlan's outstanding performance as Tracy's mother. Quinlan was pretty high profile in the seventies before fading into semi-obscurity. Like so many actresses, it seems she was brushed aside when she became a certain age. This dismissive attitude towards women in particular and talent in general, is one of Hollywood's biggest ongoing sins. Quinlan is terrific. True, she was nominated for an Oscar for her work in APOLLO 13 in 1994, but this lady should be much better known than she is.

HUMBLE PIE has its heart in the right place. You will love these characters. Hubbel Palmer is the quintessential underdog. You'll be rooting for him from the first scene.


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