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  • Summary: Every summer, Jon gathers ten friends together in his adopted city of Los Angeles to play the Turkey Bowl—bringing a piece of small-town tradition to the urban sprawl—all for the beloved prize for the winning team… a turkey. Friendships flare and fade, jealousy is met with both laughter andEvery summer, Jon gathers ten friends together in his adopted city of Los Angeles to play the Turkey Bowl—bringing a piece of small-town tradition to the urban sprawl—all for the beloved prize for the winning team… a turkey. Friendships flare and fade, jealousy is met with both laughter and pain, old and unrequited love threatens to remain old and unrequited, and all of these undercurrents are revealed in the unique, improvised rhythm of backyard football. (Tribeca Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 1, 2011
    75
    Well acted and wise enough to not excessively linger in its atmosphere of genial camaraderie and underlying regret and nostalgia, Turkey Bowl accomplishes its small-scale goals with aplomb.
  2. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    May 31, 2011
    70
    The director and his actors successfully sell the notion that these are real people whose lives and relationships will continue off the field - and that's more than enough.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jun 2, 2011
    60
    A quirky offering by Kyle Smith that does nothing more or less than show a touch-football game among friends. "It's sort of interesting," you might find yourself saying, "but is it a film?"
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 31, 2011
    40
    A favorite at this year's SXSW, Kyle Smith's real-time look at curdled relationships is a modest take on indie psychodramatics - and little else.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jun 3, 2011
    40
    This ongoing improvisation, along with the completed passes and resulting chest-bumping celebrations or recriminations, serves to define these otherwise "ordinary" ciphers and lend shape and momentum to an otherwise plotless movie.
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