Almost Salinas (2003)

Almost Salinas




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The site of James Dean's legendary, fatal car crash is the setting for this reflective, eccentric drama about idolatry, lost hopes, and aging. Max Harris (John Mahoney) owns and operates a diner/service station in the small, deserted town of Cholame, CA, just down the street from the James Dean Memorial. His placid existence is disrupted by the appearance of a slick movie crew, eager to shoot a quickie flick in the area that references Dean's life. Max is nonplused, although his employees (Ian … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Green
In Theaters:
Curb Entertainment


as Max Harris

as Manny
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

... sentimental and sweet.

Full Review… | May 12, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Fine performances and sharp cinematography ... can't compensate for either a script peppered with contrivances or and heavy-handed direction.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The people are real but the story devices are clunkers from Fiction 101.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 1, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Contrived as a drama and hokey as a comedy.

Full Review… | May 15, 2003
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

The characters seldom resonate as human beings, only movie versions of human beings.

| May 13, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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