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Passenger Side (2010)


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Brothers, Tobey and Michael (Adam Scott) unexpectedly embark on a wacky adventure in a beat-up BMW to find the love of Tobey's life. The road, filled with odd places and characters entwines these fraternally opposite brothers in absurdly hilarious exchanges on their views of the world. As the brothers begin to discover their lives, as "passengers of life," they realize they've been kept at arms length for far too long until life's amazing forces culminate in a mind-blowing twist of fate. -- (C)

Oct 26, 2010

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Simple and smart, Canadian director Matt Bissonnette's Passenger Side is what's known in theatre circles as a two-hander, a two-person play in which everything depends on dialogue and performance.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Bissonnette achieves a hypnotic effect with Passenger Side. L.A. slides by in a daze, at once inviting and threatening. Michael and Tobey are just two Canadian dreamers in a city where dreams often die.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Passenger Side works through its angsty family-drama-oriented premise with a sarky script, a healthy sense of self-awareness and an amusingly deadpan performance from Adam Scott.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Enjoyable, well directed indie road movie that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly moving, thanks to a sharply written, nicely observed script and pair of pitch-perfect performances from Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette.

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Here's one of those shuffling, slovenly American indies that can seem vain and inconsequential, or inviting and oddly profound, depending on the talent involved.

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Passenger Side is strictly a chamber piece. That chamber just happens to be the bustling, visually diverse landscape of Los Angeles.

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The siblings are a bit like Sense and Sensibility's Elinor and Marianne: quaint but somehow universal.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Funnier and more intelligent than there are any grounds to hope for: an entertaining, wry tour of LA's scuzzier sights.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Bissonnette sidesteps the pitfalls of the indie road movie in some style.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A joy from start to finish. Bissonnette has crafted a unique, funny indie.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the acting's credible and the wrap-up unexpected.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

If genre demands that this sort of story should finish in fraternal reconciliation and a never-ending horizon of happiness, Bissonnette prefers to brake and reverse - and the result, though surprising, feels all the more true to life.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It?s nothing ingenious, but those in the mood for a touch of visual poetry to their familial torment might find plenty to enjoy about this modest drama.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

An intriguing and funny ride that doesn't hit you over the head trying to be one thing or another.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Passenger Side

Cast: Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette, Robin Tunney, Gale Harold, Greg Dulli, Rachael Santhon, Kimberly Huie, Maja Miletich, Penelope Allen, Vitta Quinn

Director: Matt Bissonette

Summary: Michael (Adam Scott) reluctantly agrees to chauffeur his estranged addict brother, Tobey (Joel Bissonnette), around Los Angeles to run errands after his car breaks down -- even though Tobey calls out of the blue, unaware it's Michael's birthday. As the day finds them revisiting old issues and lost loves, the two brothers learn some unexpected lessons about family -- and each other -- in this indie drama.

My Thoughts: "It's an simple Indie film. No action, no thrills, and not much of anything goig on that's exciting in this film. It's just two brothers on a road-trip around L.A. in search for Theresa, the love of Tobey's life. What you also get are two brothers bantering back and forth and some very interesting encounters along the way. It is a funny film if you like sarcasm and odd characters. Not the best road-trip/Indie film, but not a bad one either."
November 8, 2010

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The idea nugget for this film is good - two brothers at different stages in life due to circumstances bond on a driving trip around L.A. Too bad the audience has little reason to care. I shrugged after this film. What was the point?
January 1, 2011
John Ballantine

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Basing the entire film around Scottā(TM)s trademarked cynicism creates a genuine Indy classic worthy of mainstream status. The fact that Adam Scott has not made more of a stir in the commercial film world is mind boggling, but to have a star like Scott floating around in the Indy world is a refreshing new experience in many Indy films including his huge success in The Vicious Kind.
November 26, 2010

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