Directed by Joshua Locy
After a three-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do — forget he exists.
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★★★★ review by yanni 👽 on Letterboxd
very charming and the color grading is fantastic! i wasnt rly crazy abt the plot but the characters kept me interested. rly loved the ending and i liked seeing george sample iii and i feel like he has a bright acting career ahead of him!!! also i love a good dissolve every now and then
★★★½ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd
Fresh out of prison, Ashley is trying to win back his old girlfriend. Along the way, he makes some friends, tries to make some money, and goes back to school. Pretty good indie character study. Humor is used to dress up what is, at its heart, a pretty sad story.
★★★★ review by Barney Rubble on Letterboxd
An unconventional buddy movie about the all-consuming power of love and the singular, desperate drive it creates.
Andre Royo (at his absolute best) is consumed with a desire to get his former flame back, while George Sample III (a revelation) is driven by a desire to provide for his comatose grandfather. There's no drugs, alcohol or religion in the world of the film, giving the characters no crutches to lean on in their unwavering pursuits of love, providing for a powerful climax.
The film is simultaneously charming and touching and masterfully transitions from a quirky comedy to a somber drama through the course of the run-time. There are a few transitional scenes that didn't land and come off mainly as "art for art's sake," but they don't serve to completely diminish the overall feel of the film.
Side note: There was a Q&A after this film that very quickly turned into a genuinely enthusiastic open discussion of the audience's interpretations of the film, spearheaded by the director himself. It served as the cherry on top of a day of great films.
★★★★ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd
Andre Royo (“Bubs” from The Wire) brings his easy-breezy authenticity to this loose, frowzy story of an ex-con returning to his Los Angeles neighborhood and trying to put his life back together – particularly the relationship that fell apart in his absence. Writer/director Joshua Locy creates a community of colorful characters and relationships of genuine warmth, all the while positioning his protagonist on the razor’s edge between heartbreak and instability. He paints himself into a bit of a corner by the end, and the dreamlike interludes are too self-consciously arty. But Royo keeps the picture grounded, and its closing passages vibrate with real power.
★★★★½ review by Steve Norwood on Letterboxd
One of those small gems that you might not even know is out there. It had a late 2016 release that was so small I'm considering it one of my 2017 bests. Andre Royo is a powerhouse by virtue of being a machine, while George Sample III is so gently winning that his final scenes will break your heart a little bit. Go find this film. (I saw it on Netflix...I'm sure it's on most VOD platforms.)
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