Craig Johnson's poised and poignant first feature follows Sam (Mark Duplass), an, unbeknownst to him, washed-up rocker in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes with his aunt (a compassionate Melissa Leo) as a last resort and becomes reluctant camping-trip chaperone to her teenage son and a pal. That the three males are on par, maturity-wise, makes for engaging ensemble juvenilia. But in the stirring Pacific Northwest wilderness a surprising discovery turns dire -- and the distance from boy to man must be covered overnight. Duplass's ballsy and at times balls-out performance is a winner, particularly when Sam at long last takes stock of himself: it ain't pretty.
Rebecca Beegle (pasted by Fahad)
Did You Know?
Comic book artist Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman, Human Target, Neil Young's Greendale) did the poster artwork. See more
The forest floor is very muddy and soft yet the other two campers can't figure out which way the third one went. See more
There is a hidden, funny outtake of Mark Duplass at the very end of the credits. See more