Natural Selection (2012)
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In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, "Natural Selection" is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl.
However gritty this indie comedy may look (cinematographer Steve Calitri seems to be aping William Eggleston's photographs of the American south), it isn't all that different from an Adam Sandler vehicle.
In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it.
Audience Reviews for Natural Selection
Noticing her husband Abe(John Diehl, of "The Shield") at full mast in bed one morning, Linda(Rachael Harris) tries to initiate things but he stops her solid with a little prayer, feeling that sex should not done just for pleasure, as she is not able to conceive. At least, she can confide in her brother-in-law and church pastor, Peter(Jon Gries, of "The Pretender"). At least, Abe can masturbate in the privacy of donating sperm until he has a stroke while stroking off. As things do not look good for him, Linda promises him to bring back his biological son, Raymond(Matt O'Leary), before it is too late. Of course, their first meeting does not go as she imagined it...
"Natural Selection" is an engaging movie that in gentle and occasionally amusing tones manages to respect the beliefs and actions of its characters.(Although one could say that maybe Abe's stroke was divine punishment.) As much as it is about religion, one of the movie's central themes is birth and rebirth, especially in its opening scene, as this is the first time Linda is really away from home, as rules become less and less important as time goes on. Another way of looking at it is how children can wreck your life. So, while the movie is a little predictable at times in following the rules of the road movie, it also does not take the easy way out, especially at the end.
A quirky coming of age story for someone old enough to be your mother! The chemistry between 2 polar opposites (Rachael Harris and Matt O'Leary) is what made this film brilliant!
Benefiting greatly from a riveting performance from Rachel Harris, Natural Selection is a great film about self-discovery. Although not as strong as other movies about religious repression (see Higher Ground), writer/director Robbie Pickering's glimpse into the life of devoted housewife Linda is still remarkable in its own right. From darkly comedic moments to quietly emotional scenes, Pickering understands how to inject humanity into ever odd character.
Matt O'Leary continues to prove himself to be an actor worth watching. After his performance in Fat Kid Rules the World and this incredible (albeit similar) portrayal of a swindling addict burns his name and face into the memory of moviegoers. With a great supporting cast and clever scripting, Natural Selection is definitely worth a viewing and maybe even a second.
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