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The Color Wheel (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 2012 (USA)
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When a brother accompanies his estranged sister on a road trip, they rediscover how obnoxious they are together - and how much they might need each other.


Alex Ross Perry
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Credited cast:
Carlen Altman ... JR / Sister
Alex Ross Perry ... Colin / Brother
Bob Byington ... Professor Neil Chadwick
Anna Bak-Kvapil Anna Bak-Kvapil ... Kim Thompson
Ry Russo-Young ... Zoe
Craig Butta ... Norton the Bully
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Julia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drew Brooke Drew Brooke ... Singing Waiter 1
Tom Brown Tom Brown ... Antique Tom
Alexa Casciari Alexa Casciari ... Megan the Mom
Sandy Gartner Sandy Gartner ... Singing Waitress
Kate Hollowell ... Ellie
Anna Margaret Hollyman ... Roberta B.
Leigh Poulos Leigh Poulos ... Laurie the Nurse Lover
Keith Poulson ... Norton's Sidekick


JR has broken up with her professor. She enlists her nervous and obnoxious younger brother Colin to take a short road trip in order to help move out her belongings. They bicker and fight, with one another and pretty much anybody they encounter, before being brought to a place of togetherness and understanding as a result of being pushed away by everybody in their lives except one another. Written by Anonymous

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A comedic symphony of disappointment and forgiveness.


Comedy | Romance


Not Rated

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One of my favorite movies because of hilarious Carlen and great dialogue and ending
10 January 2019 | by MovieHeartGirlSee all my reviews

I love independent films and this is one of my very favorites. I love the filmmaker, Alex Ross Perry, and have seen most if not all of his fillms. Queen of Earth is also incredible, but it's a completely different animal. This is the best low budget film I've ever seen because of the script and actors. I can't believe it's being compared to Clerks. Ugh. I've tried to watch Clerks a few times and can not get through it. The Color Wheel is darkly comedic and features the brilliant Carlen Altman. Carlen is hilarious, beautiful, and an incredible actress, whether delivering serious or comedic lines. The filmmaker, Alex Ross Perry, is also a lead and funny, as well as being a fine actor. I love the script, the look of the film and the ending. I hope Carlen continues acting in films! She is a treasure and should be a major actress! The ending made the film for me--what a shock, but in a good way. WOW. Gutsy, too. I still can't figure out how and why this ending works, but it was a brilliant move! Thanks for making this film! I absolutely loved it and have seen it at least 3 times. I'll probably need to see it once a year for the rest of my life.

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18 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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$3,884, 20 May 2012

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