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Natural Selection (2012)



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Linda White (Rachael Harris), a devoted Christian housewife, leads a sheltered existence in suburban Texas. Her world is turned upside-down when she discovers that her dying husband, Abe, has a 23-year old illegitimate son named Raymond (Matt O'Leary) living in Florida. Somewhere on the edge of guilt and loneliness, Linda grants Abe's final wish and sets off on a quixotic journey to find Raymond and bring him back. Along the way, Linda's wonderfully bizarre relationship with Raymond will teach her more about herself than she ever imagined possible and force her to come to terms with her troubled past. -- (C) Cinema Guildmore
Rating: R (for sexual content, language, brief graphic nudity, a beating and some drug material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robbie Pickering
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2012
Box Office: $48.2k
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Matt O'Leary
as Raymond
John Diehl
as Abe White
Jon Gries
as Peter
Drake Dempsey
as Porno Priest
Michael Hyland
as Handsome Doctor
Gregory Grosh
as Sperm Clinic Doctor
Rob Huebel
as Martin
Sam Eidson
as Homeless Guy #1
Salvador Cabral
as Homeless Guy #2
Lauren Nailen
as Wigwam Clerk
Roger Hewitt
as Old Motel Clerk
Hallie Martin
as White Trash Fox
Melinda DeKay
as Stern Nurse
Rick Appleton
as Bartender
Mark Winslett
as Bus Employee
Connie Hughes
as Old Waitress
Kamlesh Patel
as Indian Motel Clerk
Loomis Warren
as Country Doctor
Joe Miller
as Police Officer #1
Skeeter Sewart
as Police Officer #2
Grant James
as Family Doctor
Linda White
as Distracted Parishion...
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Critic Reviews for Natural Selection

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

[Harris is] the one good thing in "Natural Selection."

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Harris is] the big reason that "Natural Selection" is so engaging.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A coming-of-age portrait of a sweet, innocent, middle-aged Christian woman who bursts through the confines of a sexless marriage.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


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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Natural Selection Quotes

Sheila: Now if you'll excuse me, I have children to attend to. They're our most important resource Linda.
– Submitted by Gayland W (3 years ago)
Raymond: I could get a dude pregnant.
– Submitted by Gayland W (4 years ago)
Linda: [when meeting Raymond] you have any hobbies, or aspirations.....or pets?
– Submitted by Gayland W (4 years ago)
Sheila: ...but don't mind me or my starvin' baby!
– Submitted by Gayland W (4 years ago)

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