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Prince Avalanche [DVD]


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  • Actors: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande
  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GIHZWN4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) directs this hilarious road movie starring Paul Rudd (Anchorman, Knocked Up) and Emile Hirsh (Alpha Dog, Into the Wild) about two road workers forced to spend the summer together on a desolate highway in Texas. After Alvin (Rudd) a serious-minded outdoors type has reluctantly agreed to employ his girlfriend s lazy younger brother, Lance (Hirsch), and is already regretting it. Acquiring some lethal moonshine from an oddball trucker, drunken brawls and bad behaviour soon follow and the unlikely duo find themselves on a journey that is as life-altering as it is outrageous.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
This is an American indie film from film maker David Gordon Green. His chequered career has seen him bring us `Pineapple Express, `Your Highness' and the rather good `Undertow'; in this film he has taken inspiration from an original story by Icelander Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson. He has relocated that to the fire ravaged forests of Texas in 1988. We meet the two main protagonists in Alvin (Paul Rudd - `Role Models and `I Love you man') he is working out his demons by working on the road painting service. His only companion is the brother of his girlfriend Lance, Emile Hirsch (`Into the wild' and `Milk'). He considers Lance to be a loser.

Now very little actually happens, they paint the road, erect some signs , meet an aged truck driver and an elderly woman who is searching her burnt out home to salvage memories . This lady was really doing that and was asked if her story could be put into the film - which is a nice touch. The idea was that this would be an absurdist, minimalist tale where the two main characters would slowly reveal their real characters - both strengths and weaknesses by just being together or alone with their own thoughts, and some alcohol and heart ache.

So does it work? Well a lot of people seem to think so with a 6.4 rating on IMDB this is certainly no turkey. It is also supposed to be a 'hilarious' comedy; well I felt amused a couple of times but this is not even in the foothills of being funny. The characterisation is good and some of the absurd themes sort of work, but overall I felt under whelmed by this film. It is only 90 minutes long and the scenery is often beautiful. The score is from `Explosions in the Sky' and `Loosley Tight' and that also really works, I would give 6 out of ten which roughly equates with 3 stars. That is not meant to be harsh but to ignore the areas where this does not work would, I feel, be disingenuous. Still if you like absurdist, minimalism then this could be one you will want to see.
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This is probably the first film I've ever watched entirely on the strength of one track on the soundtrack. I came across "An Old Peasant Like Me" on Spotify and still listen to it on a daily basis. It's stunning. I so wanted the film to live up to it, but unfortunately it fell a bit short. Maybe its Scandinavian origins didn't quite translate, as hoped, into a US setting. It's harmless enough - hardly a glowing recommendation I know - but neither the imagery, the story nor the dialogue stay with you much beyond the end of the film. Shame really.
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If you're expecting an out and out comedy then you might be disappointed, but Prince Avalanche is great as a gentle comedy about two guys reluctantly getting to know one another and themselves a little better. There are definitely some very funny bits but also some quite profound moments. I suppose it reminded me a little of Little Miss Sunshine. Be patient and give it a go.
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This film makes no apologies for its pace or content
Yes, it ambles along without offending and is amusing in places but you really get to know and identify with the two main characters. Paul Rudd is excellent and , although looking like a young Jack Black , Hirsch is suprisingly good too
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