An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign.


John Stockwell


Michelle Morgan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Amurri Martino ... Grace Berry (as Eva Amurri)
Anton Yelchin ... Dorian Spitz
Willa Holland ... Taylor Elizabeth Berry
Susan Sarandon ... Rhonda Berry
Justin Chatwin ... Ben Pretzler
Brea Grant ... Jean
Anny Ibarra Anny Ibarra ... Elena
Kenny Bordes ... Ryan
Scott A. Martin ... Morris Kraven
Aimée Spring Fortier ... Bonnie (as Aimee Fortier)
Marie Debrey ... Paulette Spitz
Lindsay Soileau Lindsay Soileau ... Cami
Veronica Berry ... Vik
Andrea Frankle ... Jessica Luther
Jessica Heap ... Justine Spitz


Summer in a small southern town: Grace wants to go to college, but her feckless mom has poisoned that well (no student loans because mom has welshed on credit cards in Grace's name). Dorian wants to escape from his snobbish adoptive parents. They team up to sell marijuana - she hopes for enough to go to college. Both investigate family secrets, and things get complicated when Dorian falls for her, Grace falls for someone else, and Grace's 15-year-old sister behaves badly. Can Dorian find independence and Grace get to college? And what constitutes a family, anyway? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Life Without a Road Map ...


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, some teen drinking and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Real-life mother and daughter Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino play mother and daughter in this movie. See more »


(at 1:14:50) In the Bingo Parlor. we see the girl in blue smock, behind her is a bingo board with numerous numbers lit. There is a cut to the male. Back to her and the board is almost completely unlit. See more »


Grace: Okay, I'll just wait out here.
Dorian Spitz: Why? Why don't you want to go outside?
Grace: I just don't feel like it.
Dorian Spitz: Why? What do you have to hide?
Grace: ...What? Nothing.
Dorian Spitz: Well, are you scared of these people?
Grace: People?... Is this about Ben?
Dorian Spitz: I don't know, is it about Ben? Is that why you're not going outside? Is it Ben?
Grace: Oh my God, please don't be that stupid...
Dorian Spitz: I'm not being that stupid, okay? I just want to know what you see in this guy, alright? Like, it is that deep, sort of pseudo soulful look that he's always got in his eyes,...
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The Sun and The Earth
Written by Stephen Killroy, Stephen Smith, Ian Glinka, Timothy Chappelear, Erik Dean
Performed by Middle Distance Runner
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Great picture
27 May 2013 | by raulfaustSee all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect from this movie, since its visible lack of propagation. First, I highly congratulate this film for being so real; all the cast is pretty unknown and they surely do their work with professionalism and realism. Better than that, they chose actors that look like ordinary people, not perfect actors with artificial beauty and years of gym. Main story is reasonable and we feel connection with every character, even thought sometimes they act a little strange-- mainly the younger sister, who didn't speak a word until some point. Anton Yelchin has an evident similarity with Corey Haim, specially when comparing with his work in 1988's "License to Drive". There isn't a moment in this movie that we see overacting or lack of plausibility, which is another plus for the flick. It is also impressive to see how these actors express their feelings with nature, getting into the characters for real. All in all, it's a surprisingly GREAT movie, and I congratulate the whole team for such professional work.

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Release Date:

13 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Middle of Nowhere See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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