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The Discoverers (2012)

TV-14 | | Comedy | 16 May 2014 (USA)
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A road movie about a dysfunctional family who embark on a Lewis and Clark re-enactment trek and discover themselves and each other in the process.

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Justin Schwarz

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Justin Schwarz
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Credited cast:
Griffin Dunne ... Lewis Birch
Madeleine Martin ... Zoe
Cara Buono ... Nell
John C. McGinley ... Bill Birch
Stuart Margolin ... Stanley Birch
Devon Graye ... Jack
David Rasche ... Cyrus Marshall
Becky Ann Baker ... Mary
Ann Dowd ... Patti
Dreama Walker ... Abigail
Scott Adsit ... Harry Hardcore
Marceline Hugot ... Assistant Dean
Todd Susman ... Dr. Salter
Hannah Dunne ... Student
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Aniska ... Shipping Clerk (as Joe Aniska)
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A road movie about a dysfunctional family who embark on a Lewis and Clark re-enactment trek and discover themselves and each other in the process.

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It took Lewis & Clark more than 500 days to reach the Pacific. The Birch family made it in less than a week.

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Comedy

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TV-14
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USA

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English

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16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,166, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,020, 28 September 2014
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Quadratic Media See more »
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Interesting History Story, Sort Of
20 June 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

History professor and aspiring author Lewis Birch (Griffin Dunne) heads on a road trip with his children Zoe (Martin) and Jack (Graye) to attend a conference. However, he learns early into the trip that his mother is ill, and heads to visit her, where he finds she has died. His father, Stanley (Stuart Margolin) decides to follow a Lewis and Clark reenactment trip, the family ends up traveling together.

I watched this to give some appreciation to actor Stuart Margolin, but really this is Dunne's show. I know him pretty much only from "American Werewolf", but I think I need to fix that because he is great here. I love that the father is obsessed with Lewis and Clark, and named his son Lewis. The son, who thinks his dad is a nut, writes a 6,000-page history on Lewis and Clark anyway.

We then have a quirky supporting cast, which never hurts, including the kids (or grandkids), who seem horrified by their adventure. The daughter, in particular, has an awful time and becomes someone worth rallying around if you are to root for any of these nuts.


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