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  • Summary: Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ, his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher and CJ confronts her conflicted father,Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ, his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ’s married teacher and CJ confronts her conflicted father, both struggle with formidable decisions about the path their lives will take. Can we vault our differences and meet in the middle? This bittersweet comic drama tenderly explores the cultural divide in America through the lives of one extended family. (Truly Indie) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    Hickernell's film aesthetic is straightforward, narrative-driven.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 26, 2011
    75
    In the avalanche of junk about aliens, alternate universes, digital effects and comic-book superheroes, it is a rare treat to see a sweet, low-budget film about real people that is as ingratiating as Lebanon, Pa.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 28, 2011
    58
    The turns the film takes toward the end do offer a few surprises, particularly in the form of redemption for the waffling hero-not in running after the ones he loves, but in standing by them when they need him.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 26, 2011
    40
    Lebanon, Pa. begins as a tale about male, middle-aged self-discovery, but soon becomes something quite different: a clear-eyed if crassly manipulative take on the culture wars.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel Carlson
    Apr 26, 2011
    40
    Lebanon, Pa. is a few strong moments of storytelling lost in a sea of indie cliche.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Apr 26, 2011
    40
    The culture wars may be simmering throughout writer-director Ben Hickernell's script-the Save the Whales and pro-choice bumper stickers on Will's VW invite a brutal barfly beatdown-but the real casualties are momentum and narrative cohesion.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 29, 2011
    38
    This mild drama plays out like one of those dull message movies that TV networks used to crank out almost weekly, but the earnestness is at times almost appealingly old-fashioned.

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