The death of one of their own reunites a group of lifelong friends who have gone their separate ways. Back together for the first time since high school, they hash out their pasts and confront what pulled them apart.
At the end of 1952, with the best years of Hank Williams's career behind him, he hires a local kid to drive him through the Appalachian countryside for a pair of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio.
Fred Dalton Thompson
When a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers accept Hannah into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success. Can these lovable misfits achieve their artistic dreams and avoid killing one another in the process?
Lifelong friends stumble back home after high school when word goes out on Facebook that the most popular among them has died. Old girlfriends, boyfriends, new lovers, parents, your first dead friend - how do people deal? The reunion stirs up sticky feelings of love, longing and regret, and the novelty of forgiveness, mortality and gratitude.
Really, Matthew McDuffie has done a rather brilliant job at giving color, depth, and delineation to a generation that seems inchoate to their elders and "betters." Mr. McDuffie has portrayed an anti-Shavian universe with more subtlety than is at first apparent. The characters in his film, like many of their generation, have lost adequate vocabularies in which to describe the milieu in which they move. Their conversation is bereft of wit, allusion to history, literature, or anything else beyond their small frames of reference. No, these are not the entrancing beings who populate the worlds of Wilde or Shaw; they take no delight n conversation, betray no appetite for repartee. These young women and men communicate by way of texts, and must function in such a joyless dimension that a funeral for a friend, with its slap of shock and grief, must be transformed into a "funeral" Still this writer/director has shown these same young people to possess wisdom beyond their years, sweetness, and tolerance of the self- involved, Irresponsible generation who raised them. McDuffie has managed to capture this universe with a deft touch and a compassionate eye.
My only criticismis that Andy Buckley, who played a corporate CEO so flawlessly on The Office, is far too patrician a type to be shown in a tee-shirt and five o'clock shadow.
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