Thunder road song was actually played in the 2016 short film upon which this movie was based, on which officer Jim dances and sings along with. See more »
Officer Jim Arnaud:
Just because somebody leaves... just because somebody chooses to leave, that doesn't mean they didn't want to be here with you. It means they had a hard time with things. It's a lot for some people.
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This film is obviously not for everyone, and if you're expecting a 'rom-com' you might find yourself disappointed. That said, 'Thunder Road' delivers its somber-toned narrative with nuanced humor and finesse. This was my personal introduction to Jim Cummings (who wrote, directed, and starred in the film), and in spite of the many reviewers' complaints that his character was unlikable, I must say that I was duly impressed (having experienced an unusual mix of empathy, pity, levity, and bemusement in response to his performance). It seems pretty apparent that Cummings wrote the role of 'Officer Jim Arnaud' with himself in mind for the part, and for that reason was uniquely capable of so adroitly navigating that ambivalent tight-rope that is the comedic drama (or dramatic comedy... or what-have-you).
To those reviewers angrily contesting the categorization of this film (as 'comedy') I would ask you to think back to the tragicomedies of old and to remember that all is not black and white.
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