Middle of Nowhere

January 3rd, 2008


Middle of Nowhere

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An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.6/10 (1,434 voted)

Director: John Stockwell

Stars: Eva Amurri Martino, Anton Yelchin, Willa Holland

Summer in a small southern town: Grace wants to go to college, but her feckless mom has poisoned that well (no student loans because mom has welshed on credit cards in Grace's name). Dorian wants to escape from his snobbish adoptive parents. They team up to sell marijuana - she hopes for enough to go to college. Both investigate family secretes, and things get complicated when Dorian falls for her, Grace falls for someone else, and Grace's 15-year-old sister behaves badly. Can Dorian find independence and Grace get to college. And what constitutes a family, anyway?

Eva Amurri Martino - Grace Berry
Anton Yelchin - Dorian Spitz
Willa Holland - Taylor Elizabeth Berry
Susan Sarandon - Rhonda Berry
Justin Chatwin - Ben Pretzler
Brea Grant - Jean
Anny Ibarra - Elena
Kenny Bordes - Ryan
Scott A. Martin - Morris Kraven
Aimee Spring Fortier - Bonnie (as Aimee Fortier)
Marie Debrey - Paulette Spitz
Lindsay Soileau - Cami
Veronica Berry - Vik
Andrea Frankle - Jessica Luther
Jessica Heap - Justine Spitz

Taglines: Life Without a Road Map ...

Release Date: 3 Jan 2008

Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did You Know?

Real-life mother and daughter Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino play mother and daughter in this movie.

Continuity: (At 1:15) In the Bingo Parlor. we see the girl in blue smock, behind her is a bingo board with numerous numbers lit. There is a cut to the male. Back to her and the board is almost completely unlit.

Grace: You know, you promised me you were making those payments.
Rhonda Berry: What payments?
Grace: What payments? On the credit cards you took out in my name, that you swore you would pay back?
Rhonda Berry: I know, but sweetheart - When I get the settlement from my accident, Then I'm going to give you the money.
Grace: ...Did you buy a new dress today?

User Review

Satisfying Character Study

Rating: 7/10

Middle of Nowhere is a touching character study given an extra resonance by pairing the real life mother & daughter Susan Sarandon & Eva Amurri, playing a mother & daughter. Susan Sarandon takes a back seat while Eva Amurri really shines in her role as Grace, the older of two daughters being raised by her mother after their father's suicide. While mother's attention is focused on getting her younger daughter to modeling school, Grace has to find a summer job to raise money to fulfill her ambition of going to medical school. She does get a job at a water park where he meets Dorian (Anton Yelchin) who has an unusual scheme to find money to get Grace to college.

This movie is full of real characters with whom is easy to identify and empathize with. The acting is great with Amurri and Yelchin the standouts.


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