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Backseat (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Director Bruce van Dusen takes the helm for this late bloomer coming-of-age story about two lifelong friends from New York City who embark on a three-day road tip to Montreal in hopes of meeting their favorite actor: Donald Sutherland. But this hapless duo hasn't left their problems behind just yet, because in order to achieve their lofty goal, these two pals will have to get a large cache of drugs to its intended drop spot in time, and contend with an eccentric keyboard clacker who only

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Once in a while, a movie inspires nothing more than complete apathy. Backseat is such a lackluster work.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A road movie that runs out of gas almost immediately after it gets started, Backseat is the sort of quirky indie feature that impresses at festivals but feels wan when experienced under real cinematic conditions.

April 9, 2008
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Anyone who's spent a lot of time at independent-film festivals will feel a familiar sinking feeling within the first 10 minutes of Backseat.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Sporadically funny, micro-budgeted indie comedy.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The flailing, protagonists of Backseat, while not exactly 40-year-old virgins, can have avoided that fate only by the tender mercies of women with low expectations.

March 28, 2008
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Backseat satisfies itself with small observations and minor breakthroughs of self-awareness.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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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.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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To be sure, slapstick misadventures ensue, but there's a sweetness and vulnerability beneath the surface of the boys' sometimes-blue bantering.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Just a series of character skits, some charming and others tedious.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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