Joe is a children's book writer and illustrator in L.A. in the second year of major writer's block. His girlfriend, impatient with his lack of progress, gets bitchy, so he breaks off the relationship and agrees to accompany her brother to a small town in Wisconsin where stalwarts jump in Lake Michigan on Christmas morning. The house where they stay is isolated, and when Joe's pal is hospitalized with a badger bite, Joe is on his own. He befriends a local hermit, is attracted to the man's granddaughter, and must deal with the local sheriff's dislike of anyone from out of town. Plus, the sheriff is the young woman's dad - with a gun. Christmas approaches and things get complicated.
25 January 2011 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $2,463,
31 December 2010, Limited Release
Gross USA: $101,160, 13 February 2011
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This film was shot entirely in Door County, Wisconsin, which is only an hour away from Tony Shaloub's home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. See more
When Joe is in the hospital near the end, he wakes up and looks at the bedside table to his left. There is a clear shot of three white pills in a plastic medicine cup. When the camera zooms out, the nurse enters the room and the medicine cup is no longer on the table. The nurse then sets the cup down with the same pills in it. See more
We've here today with local Venice Beach children's author, Joe Peterson, who has exploded onto the scene with what is going to be a series of nine tough-love kids books. Hello Joe...
Hey, how are you.
Look at these kids. This is incredible. So what can you tell us about this tough-love aspect. It reminds me of the books that I read when I was a kid. No Coddling. This is not a warm and fuzzy book. It's not every day that you have a warm cuddly kitten devoured by a vicious piranha.
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