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Free Samples (2012)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 20 April 2012 (USA)
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Stanford Law dropout Jillian wakes up with a hangover and is pressured by her friend to take a shift at an ice-cream truck in LA, giving out free samples. People drop by.

Director:

Jay Gammill

Writer:

Jim Beggarly

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Weixler ... Jillian
Jesse Eisenberg ... Tex
Halley Feiffer ... Nancy
Jason Ritter ... Wally
Jeff Sloniker Jeff Sloniker ... Harvy
Tanner Vale Tanner Vale ... Twin Robby
Taylor Vale Taylor Vale ... Twin Bobby
Wendy Shapero ... Homeless Stacy
Abigail McFarlane ... Patricia
Johari Powell Johari Powell ... Joel
Angel Parker ... Joel's Mother
Jordan Davis Jordan Davis ... Peter
Barrett Shuler Barrett Shuler ... Tommy
Choice Skinner ... Larry
John Rosenfeld ... Joe
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Storyline

A Stanford law-school dropout named Jillian escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and on the day of her college boyfriend's birthday, she finds herself stuck running an ice cream truck fending off locals and oddball friends alike. This one day spent in a truck on the streets of Los Angeles will wake Jillian from her aimless daze and make her see that life doesn't stop just because you want it to. Written by Jay Gammill

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Ever have one of those years?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Samples See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Filmed in 13 days in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the driver's side window of the ice cream truck as Jillian repeatedly drives forward & backward (approx. 35 minute mark). See more »

Quotes

Wally: I am going to wait on a customer with no pants on. Tell me that isn't the coolest thing ever.
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Tiny Push
Written and Performed by Kevin W. Buchholz and Jessie Shapiro
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535th Review: Nice small movie about honesty and ice-cream....
6 April 2013 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Free samples is what an indie movie should be: small, quirky interesting, more character than action - about real life rather than just imagination, and this is Free Samples. It's a film that requires little effort to enjoy but is full of little vignettes that leap off the screen.

All in all, I for one enjoyed this more than many big budget movies: the characters have something to say, the comedy is nicely observed, the camera is tight (even semi-documentary), it's well edited and well shot with a great sense of slacker pace about it and it has a charm of its own.

Seriously, a nice gentle comedy set sround one day of looking after an artificial ice-cream van (so free samples) with some vitriol in the exchanges - the whole thing come across as ten times more honest than most comedies and this is one I would warmly recommend.


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