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Looking for the Jackalope (2016)

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A disenchanted writer takes a comically ill-fated journey from New York to his college reunion in Ohio in an attempt to reunite with his old college girlfriend.


Karl Shefelman


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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Michael Leydon Campbell ... Jordan Sterling
Larry Clarke ... Dr. Jim
Stephen Root ... The Jackalope (voice)
Meissa Hampton ... Jennifer Lewis
Mary Testa ... Barb
Jean Zarzour ... Pam
Pamela Shaw ... Airline Attendant
Megan Evans Megan Evans ... Wendy Shivers
Ben Horwitz ... Hotel Boy
Ralph Scott Ralph Scott ... Motel Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maureen Browning Maureen Browning ... Hospital Receptionist
Christina Caravella Christina Caravella ... Serial Date #5
Daniel J. Cullen Daniel J. Cullen ... Reunion Attendee 2 (as Daniel Cullen)
Jami Cullen ... College Reunion Attendee
Jenny Eakes ... Ellen


20 years ago, writer Jordan Sterling had the experience of his life when he and his college girlfriend, Jennifer, hitchhiked from Ohio to New York after graduation. Since then Jordan's life has become a dull routine of boring jobs and serial dates. He yearns for the romantic adventure he had with Jennifer. Just after his agent hands him a soul killing writing assignment due on Monday, Jordan receives a surprise phone call from Jennifer. Is he coming to their 20th college reunion this weekend? Oh, and by the way...she's divorced. Ignoring his agent's deadline, Jordan arranges to fly from New York to Columbus, Ohio, meet up with his old college buddy, "Dr. Jim", and drive to the remote college campus. Unfortunately, Jordan misses his flight. On a whim he follows a young hipster couple onto a train bound for Philadelphia. The hipster girl convinces Jordan to hitchhike the rest of the way to Ohio, and leaves him with a small gift -psychedelic mushrooms. Jordan pockets the mushrooms and ...

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Sometimes, nostalgia can take you down the wrong road.


Comedy | Drama



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Release Date:

3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Jackalope Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The Jackalope Speaks
26 February 2018 | by gmgannawaySee all my reviews

I recently watched Looking for the Jackalope, written and directed by Karl Shefelman, on Amazon Prime (free). The film follows our hero, the hapless Jordan Sterling, divorced author of the novel Looking for the Jackalope as he struggles with general malaise and some serious writer's block. The man's tank is empty.

Then an invitation to his 20-year college reunion arrives, and he also gets a call from an old girlfriend. Urged on by a college roommate and his agent, he decides to attend. As he makes his way to the event, we see several flashbacks to idyllic scenes of the young couple 20 years earlier, carefree and hitchhiking to New York. Of course, with each flashback, we see Jordan's growing need to believe that the fire from the 20-year-old romance can be rekindled.

Jackalope is not a typical rom-com, nor a buddy movie, though it has elements of both. It's more a movie about finding oneself. All of the acting is spot on, and Shefelman nails the mood of the reunion. The film has a neat reversal, the good kind, the kind that makes you say to yourself, "Of course,. Why didn't I think of that?" Later there is a line that is like the final piece of a puzzle. In an instant, it all comes together, and you see what Shefelman was up to all along. What a great trip!

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