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Sherman's Way (2008)

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An odd couple take to the open road. Having followed his girlfriend out to California's Wine Country for the summer, Yale law student Sherman finds himself dumped, and cut off from his ... See full summary »

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Craig M. Saavedra

Writer:

Tom Nance (as Thomas R. Nance)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Le Gros ... Palmer (as James LeGros)
Enrico Colantoni ... D.J.
Michael Shulman ... Sherman Black
Lacey Chabert ... Marcy
Donna Murphy ... Evelyn Black
Brooke Nevin ... Addy
M. Emmet Walsh ... Hoyt
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Tom
Tad Hilgenbrink ... Taylor
Tom Nance Tom Nance ... Doug (as Thomas R. Nance)
Ryan Hansen ... Kevin
Bob Bancroft ... Professor Ardevaas
Cory DuVal ... Repoman
Margaret Beach Margaret Beach ... Travel Agent
Olivia Leigh ... Waittress
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Storyline

An odd couple take to the open road. Having followed his girlfriend out to California's Wine Country for the summer, Yale law student Sherman finds himself dumped, and cut off from his high-society mother's money. A stranger stranded in a strange land, he hitches a ride with Palmer, a washed-up, unapologetically eccentric Olympic athlete. There are detours along the way, including the possibility of an enlightening girlfriend, an encounter with a gun-wielding gourmet chef and a chance for the former athlete to be on top again. A comedy about absent fathers and damaged sons striving to find balance between responsibility and recklessness. Written by Anonymous

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One wrong turn can change your destination.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,789, 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,626, 15 March 2009
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Color (Fujicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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This movie was named after a street sign in LA. See more »

Goofs

Palmer's hair while he and Sherman are talking in the car right before Palmer confronts his son. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Marcy: Those guys are crazy. We should do it.
[suddenly kisses him]
Sherman Black: Run with the Pundits? No thanks. It's a silly tradition.
Marcy: Aw, is this because of your butt?
Sherman Black: What?
Marcy: 'Cause you think you have a fat butt.
Sherman Black: You think I have a fat butt?
Marcy: Ou, candy.
Sherman Black: Please don't spoil your dinner. My mom will take it personally if you don't finish what her cook made for you.
[...]
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Cantina Acoustic
Written by Danny Amis Eddie Angel Jimmy Lester Pete Curry
Performed by Los Straitjackets
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Great movie... excepting Sherman himself, who is totally charmless.....
16 July 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

This would have worked really really well, pretty charming indie, good solid values, great, great supporting cast, neat feel and a good take on the lazier side of American small town life....

The plot is simple: uptight law student meets a down-on-his-luck ex-Olympic skier bum and together with the bum's friends, the law student learns about life... nothing stunning but sounds OK, right?

But...

The lead role of Sherman is just horrible... sorry, but awkward that becomes this type of awkward charm is just squirmy... and why everyone tries to befriend Sherman totally defeated us.

Honestly, they should be sorely tempted to give him a really big kicking to teach him a little about life than take him fishing.

I'm not being mean-spirited here, it just don't work. Sherman is just unlikeable, and never more so when trying to be likable. You just feel that 5 minutes away from the new circle of friends and the GOP genes will kick back in with a vengeance.

Horrible miscast and it really spoils a film that could have really lit up the screen with the right actor.

Hate to trash indie films but this is a real lesson is getting the right person cast right from the off.

What you end up is a film you can definitely watch for the supporting cast...

'Nuff said.


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