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Natural Selection (2011)

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Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son.

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Robbie Pickering
12 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt O'Leary ... Raymond
Rachael Harris ... Linda
John Diehl ... Abe
Gayland Williams ... Sheila
Jon Gries ... Peter
Stephanie King Stephanie King ... Shaunice
Berna Roberts ... Porno Nun
Drake Dempsey Drake Dempsey ... Porno Priest
Michael Hyland ... Handsome Doctor
Greg Grosh Greg Grosh ... Sperm Clinic Doctor (as Gregory Grosh)
Rob Huebel ... Martin
Sam Eidson ... Homeless Guy #1
Salvador Cabral Salvador Cabral ... Homeless Guy #2
Lauren Nailen Lauren Nailen ... Wigwam Clerk
Roger Hewitt Roger Hewitt ... Old Motel Clerk
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When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke at a sperm bank where he's been secretly donating his seed for the past 25 years, she leaves her sheltered world and starts off on a journey to find his eldest biological son - a mullet-headed, foul-mouthed ex-con with whom she develops an odd but meaningful relationship. Written by anonymous

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Linda White Has Found Her Son. God Help Her.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, brief graphic nudity, a beating and some drug material | See all certifications »

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fysiki epilogi See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,683, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,153, 8 July 2012
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Best Medicine Productions See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Linda asks Raymond in her car if he's in some kind of trouble, the camera cuts away a few times to her reaction, and it's obvious she's reacting to a different actor with a much darker beard. See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Abide With Me Church Organ
Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
Performed by Bobby Cole
Arranged by Bobby Cole
Published by AudioSparx (ASCAP)
Courtesy of www.StockMusicSite.com
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An Interesting Film on Religion and Relationships
19 March 2011 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Robbie Pickering had its World Premiere at SXSW where it was well-received and earned several awards. It is sort of an odd film about the struggles of damaged people. Natural Selection could be described as partially a critique of fundamentalist religion, part road trip film, and part human tragedy. It is the story of Linda who is trapped in a loveless marriage. She goes on a trip looking for one thing and discovers parts of herself that she didn't know existed. The script is well-written and the film is well-acted – especially considering this is the writer/director's first feature film. The film avoids easy answers or simple judgments to complex questions. The character development for the two main characters is nuanced and provocative. In the end, the audience may be left with more questions than answers. The film seeks intended as a critique of dogmatism, but offers the viewer little in the way of alternative answers to hang on to.


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