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Sherman's Way (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Fate brings together two mismatched travelers in this comedy. Sherman (Michael Shulman) is a tightly wound, career-obsessed college student whose mother, Evelyn (Donna Murphy), is a successful politician who micromanages her own life as well as that of her son. Planning to spend a few weeks in Northern California with his girlfriend, Marcy (Lacey Chabert), Sherman instead discovers that she's dumped him for another, more fun-loving guy; adding insult to injury, Sherman's wallet and credit cards

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Comedy

Tom Nance

Jul 21, 2009

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Shulman, though, who also produced, is a personality drag, unable to make us care that Sherman's off-putting arrogance warrants even by-the-numbers enlightenment.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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LeGros isn't bad, but this pre-DVD road trip feels like it's four hours long.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Note to indie filmmakers: a life-changing road trip, some quirky characters, and a cutesy soundtrack do not a movie make. Or, at least, not one that's worthy of an audience's hard-earned cash.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Like an annoying new puppy, Sherman's Way just wants to run around in circles and lick your face. After a while, though, you kind of fall in love with it.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A victim of its own bad timing, Craig M. Saavedra's buddy-comedy-cum-road-trip-flick might've had a chance back before the world started going to hell.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Sherman's Way manages to be a road movie that never gets very far because it keeps going around in circles.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Breezy, harmless and mildly engaging, but ultimately insipid and forgettable.

March 8, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Not since Larry David's Sour Grapes has a movie kicked off by so thoroughly painting its protagonists as deeply unlikable souls.

March 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Upon learning he can't swim or drive, we know a skinny-dipping scene and driving lessons loom around the bend. So what? LeGros is still funny and the montages and gentle sitcom wit go down more easily in wine country.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Cute fish-out-of-water comedy is a lightweight but inoffensive time-waster.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A surprising little low-budget comedy that has heart, smarts and charm.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Whimsically entertaining but all too familiar and formulaic.

March 5, 2009 Full Review
SSG Syndicate

A delightful comedy about the sentimental education of an uptight and inexperienced young man who happens to be insanely rich.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Charts the contrived awakenings of two caricatures.

March 3, 2009 Full Review Source: The Screengrab
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The "fish-out-of-water-coming-of-age" genre loses so much ground in Craig Saavadra's tedious indy comedy that you

February 28, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Not an uncontrived moment goes by.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: OC Weekly
OC Weekly

You'll want to make your way to Sherman's Way. In a cynical world, we need more sweet comedies like this charmer. Prepare to fall in love with life again.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Sherman's Way

Cast: James LeGros, Enrico Colantoni, Michael Shulman, Lacey Chabert, Donna Murphy, Brooke Nevin, M. Emmet Walsh, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tad Hilgenbrink, Tom Nance

Director: Craig M. Saavedra

Summary: When uptight Yale law student Sherman (Michael Shulman) gets dumped by his girlfriend (Lacey Chabert) and cut off from the family fortune in one fell swoop, he hitches a ride to Los Angeles with former Olympic ski champion Palmer (James LeGros) in this captivating indie comedy. A series of unexpected adventures with the eccentric slacker begins to open Sherman's eyes to some new realities.

My Thoughts: "Anytime I see a film that involves a 'road-trip', I'm all for seeing it. Some are much better then other's, and this film falls in the other category. I didn't hate the film, I actually found it to be quite funny at times. But the acting and story could have been better. Also there wasn't much of a road-trip flick as it is just someone spontaneously hitch-hiking. They really only stop at one place. Palmer and his friend DJ are free spirits and lets life happen instead of trying to make it happen which is the opposite of Sherman. The longer Sherman is around these two gentlemen the more he comes out of his shell and as the saying goes, off his high horse. When Sherman meets the off-beat quirky Addy, the shell comes completely off and Sherman starts to come into his own person and not what his mother molded him into. There are many moments when the men try to get in touch with their sensitive sides, but as they are men, it soon turns into a joke or a snide remark. The film is funny and Palmer keeps the movie interesting. Worth seeing at least once."
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