Director David Gordon Green
Sundance Film Festival
Director: David Gordon Green
Director David Gordon Green returns to his independent origins at the Sundance Film Festival after helming a handful of raunchy Hollywood comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter) and attempts to reignite a sense of grounded and heartfelt substance, but the result is a lingering nature video that neglects its actor’s potential with copious amounts of silence. In the summer of 1981, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) work together in the Texas wilderness painting yellow traffic lines down the center of a backwoods country road. This odd couple is only brought together due to the fact that Alvin is dating Lance’s sister and he felt obligated to provide the immature slacker with a job. As the days move at a snail’s pace, so does the uneventful storyline, which becomes increasingly tedious with every hour-long minute as the men question their love lives and the direction of their futures. Tim Orr’s beautiful cinematography captures the exquisiteness of nature, but feels more appropriate in a Discovery Channel program rather than character piece that incessantly abandons its characters for wildlife shots. Green’s dialogue only adds fuel to the fire when the question of “Can’t we just enjoy the silence?” is repeatedly asked, especially when the greatest moments of the film are when Rudd and Hirsch are actually allowed to speak. Knowing both of these leading men are capable of so much more, one cannot fully blame them since they are given so little to absorb.
Time: 1.25, 9:00 PM Venue: Salt Lake City Library, SLC