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  • Summary: In Backseat, a "coming of age late" story about prolonged adolescence, two old friends flee New York City on a three-day road trip to Montreal to escape their problems and meet the great Donald Sutherland. Between running drugs and meeting a man who communicates only through instant messaging, they run head-on into the always-lingering problem of real life. (Truly Indie) Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Backseat satisfies itself with small observations and minor breakthroughs of self-awareness. In the scheme of their lives, this journey is just a speed bump, jolting them awake for a brief moment. The rest is up to them.
  2. 50
    How engaging you find this loosely structured road movie will depend on how charming you find the over-aged slackers played by Josh Alexander, who also wrote the screenplay, and Robert Bogue.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    Almost gets its right.
  4. Alexander's script considers context anathema, leaving us to wonder, among other puzzlers, why these two jerks are friends to begin with – and, perhaps, on what bad breakup or neglected childhood one may blame the film's dispiriting misanthropy.
  5. 33
    This isn't really a movie made for audiences; it's for casting agents and studio execs, to show off one man's acting chops and his skill at writing dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    30
    Bruce Van Dusen's 2005 comedy plots a meandering course due north without locating a word of truth.
  7. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    20
    Culturally falling somewhere between "Sideways" and "Dumb and Dumber," this low-rent road movie similarly rides on principles of audience identification, largely minus competent helming, thesping or scripting.

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