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A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

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Stephen Berra (as Steve Berra)

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Stephen Berra (as Steve Berra)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Webber ... Jason Prayer
Zooey Deschanel ... Frances
Harry Dean Stanton ... Gus
Bill Paxton ... Robbie
Chris Klein ... Tad Tokas
Patrick Fugit ... Andrew
Drea de Matteo ... Dana (as Drea De Matteo)
Bruce McGill ... Frank Jones
Donal Logue ... Daryll
Deborah Rush ... Diane
Chris Basher Chris Basher ... Bus Passenger
Michael Baxter Michael Baxter ... Fred
Michelle Boulet Michelle Boulet ... Friend #1
Cory Cassidy Cory Cassidy ... Tad's Friend
Sarah Constible ... Terry
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Storyline

A young man (Webber) is encouraged by a new friend (Deschanel) to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.

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He's finally had enough. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viata cea buna See more »

Filming Locations:

Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Drea de Matteo and Donal Logue portray a couple in this movie. They both would go on to play characters on FX's Sons of Anarchy. However, they share no scenes. See more »

Quotes

Jason: I hope to leave here someday... but like the snowflakes trapped inside a snow globe, I wasn't going anywhere.
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Connections

References One-Eyed Jacks (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Do It Again
Written by George Gershwin and Buddy G. DeSylva (as Buddy DeSylva)
Performed by Judy Garland
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Bald misfit spins his wheels in downbeat Indie
8 December 2010 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

Jason Prayer lives his sad life as a round peg in the square black hole of college football-obsessed Lincoln, Nebraska. Writer/director Stephen Berra has provided his hero with plenty of bizarre baggage so that an audience can easily tag him as one of Indie Film's stereotypical oddball protagonists. He suffers from alopecia, an auto-immune disorder which has left him completely hairless. His father has committed suicide, and he lives with his mother in a shabby house besieged by the electricity company's debt collectors - and he works the day shift at a gas station where he's terrorized by a muscle car maniac.

Jason's evenings are spent assisting the senile owner of a decaying cinema, where vintage movies are projected over empty auditoriums. His prospects perk up when beautiful, warmhearted Indie-girl Frances shows up at the theater, and recognizes him as a kindred spirit. Later that night she drives him home after he gets beaten up by the psychotic motor-head, but unfortunately the course of true love never runs smoothly for sensitive Indie heroes. By the end of the film it's uncertain whether Frances is escaped-from-an-asylum crazy, or a figment of Jason's imagination created by too many nights at the movies. Either way, she's the catalyst that prompts him to embark on a mythic Indie quest for a Golden Fleecy life beyond freezing wintry Nebraska - and that can't be all bad.


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