• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    A. Dean Bell
    In Theaters:
    Dec 5, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 21, 2004
  • Castle Hill Productions

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What Alice Found Reviews

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Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

January 23, 2011
What a nice surprise! I had my doubts that a low budget film about a lot lizard would be good, but I found this is an interesting movie. Good acting, and a good setting, made all the more real by the low budget filming. It is not slick, or insulting. Just a very nice character study. Very decent little Indie flick.
Mark A

Super Reviewer

August 9, 2010
A gritty tale of a young woman who makes a series of bad choices and discovers that what she was running from wasn't as bad as she thought. The story is a bit predictable, the accents are phony, and the cinematography is low-budget all the way, but there is some gold here anyway. The characters are well drawn and the interaction amongst the husband (Bill Raymond) and wife (Emily Grace) truck stop team and the young girl (Judith Ivey) they befriend is actually somewhat nuanced. The lure of easy money proves capable of breaking down Alice's resistance and provides the means by which she eventually grows up. Not a deep, psychological study, just an entertaining, small, unpolished gem.
DrStrangeblog
DrStrangeblog

Super Reviewer

April 25, 2011
Ultra low-budget yet effective road movie as Alice, an awkward "New Hampshah" teenager, travels to Florida with a seemingly normal Southern couple near their fifties. Except she comes to discover this 'normal' couple actually moonlights as mom & pop truck-stop hookers. Alice is running from her own troubles, and running low on money...

Often low-key and matter-of-fact with a distinctly unglamorous depiction of sex and an astute understanding of youthful minds. There were contrivances at a couple key turning points but nothing near a deal-breaker. I really liked how they alluded to the title's origin during a phonecall near the end, and the scene that summed up Alice's experiences after a week with this couple when she went to buy cigarettes and handed her I.D. to the cashier:

{Peering quizzically} "Is this supposed to be you?"
"Of course it's me."
{Shrugs, handing her I.D. back} "If you say so."
PillowPantss
January 10, 2009
i loveeeeeeeeee cheesy movies about heartbreaking topics like truck stop hookers, but the hooker had an annoying voice that made me actually not care that she was a truck hooker. i just wanted it to endddddddd. the ending is horrible btw.
May 5, 2007
No doubt an interesting premise, the movie is actually pretty gripping, as it were. The acting is good, and the story actually works. You end up with some unlikely sympathetic characters, and an original flick.
KevinRobbins
July 30, 2011
Everybody has to pay the bills, baby

Alice is a high school graduate that grew up in a single parent household with limited resources and a lack of direction. She sees all her friends leave her small town and head to college including her best friend who is attending Miami University. She decides to pick up and leave one day but she runs out of money and her car breaks down. A nice old couple picks her up in an RV and decides to help her on her way; however, the old couple may have additional intentions for her beyond being good samaritans.

"He's got a wife and kids."
"They all do."

Dean Bell, director of Backfire!, delivers What Alice Found. The storyline for this picture is outstanding and well delivered. The concept was unique and a pleasant addition to the drama genre. This picture definitely has an "Indie film" feel, but the end and storyline is unpredictable and creative. The acting is solid despite containing a cast with limited experience. The cast includes Emily Grace, Judith Ivey, Bill Raymond, and John Knox.

"I got a ride with some people."
"What people?"
"Some old farts."

I came across this film on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) while flicking through the channels and decided to DVR it. I was pleasantly surprised by the originality of this picture as well as the ultimate conclusion and the delivery of the characters. This is definitely a solid movie that is worth your time.

"God put women here to please men."

Grade: B+
April 20, 2011
good low-budget movie. The character portrayals feel honest.
Freethinker
July 19, 2006
I. CONTENT (out of 3 stars plus bonus, composite of sub-criteria bellow): ---> 2.75 <---


i. PHILOSOPHICAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPTH (out of 2 stars, where very shallow = 0; shallow = 0.25 or

0.5; somewhat deep = 0.75 or 1.0; deep = 1.25 or 1.5; very deep = 1.75 or 2.0)
--->1.25<---

*Does the movie provide deep insights into psychology of an individual? (0.25 for somewhat deep,

0.5 for deep) Y-0.5

*Does the movie provide deep insights into psychology of a group? (0.25 for somewhat deep, 0.5

for deep) Y-0.25

*Does the movie provide deep philosophical/cosmological insights? (0.25 for somewhat deep, 0.5

for deep) Y-0.25 The nature of love-sex, "prostitution vs torturing animals"

*Do the movie?s insights care significant philosophical/political implications? (0.25 for

significant, 0.5 for very significant) 0.25


ii. SCREENPLAY ORIGINALITY (out of 1 star, where very banal = 0; banal = 0.25; somewhat original

= 0.5; original = 0.75; very original = 1.0):
---> 1.0 <---

*Is film?s screenplay creative (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y

*Is the plot generally difficult to predict (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y

*Is film?s ending original (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y

*Does the screenplay particularly excel in any of the above (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y in originality



+ BONUS FOR CONTAINING CONTROVERSIAL & UNPOPULAR TOPICS (up to 0.5 star, where controversial

topics = 0.25; unpopular and taboo topics = 0.5) ---> 0.5 <---


II. PRODUCTION (out of 2 stars plus bonus, composite of sub-criteria bellow):
---> 1.0 <---


iii. ACTING (out of 1 star, where very ineffective = 0; ineffective = 0.25; somewhat effective =

0.5; effective = 0.75; very effective = 1.0):
---> 0.5 <---

*Do actors portray their characters effectively (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y

*Do actors interact among each other effectively (0.25 for a positive answer)? N

*Do actors connect with the audience (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y

*Do actors particularly excel in any of the above (0.25 for a positive answer)? N


iv. PRESENTATION (out of 1 star, where very ineffective = 0; ineffective = 0.25; somewhat

effective = 0.5; effective = 0.75; very effective = 1.0):
--->0.25<---

*Are visual elements effective (0.25 for a positive answer)? N, too blury

*Are acoustic elements effective (0.25 for a positive answer)? N, not enough control

*Is the film?s flow & duration effective (0.25 for a positive answer)? Y

*Does the presentation particularly excel in any of the above (0.25 for a positive answer)? N


+ BONUS FOR PRODUCING ON LOW BUDGET (up to 0.5 stars, where up to one million dollars budget =

0.25; up to half a million dollars budget = 0.5) --->0.25<---



TOTAL STAR RATING:
---> 3.75 <---

GRADE & RECOMMENDATION (above 5.0 = A+," Very Good Movie, Highly Recommend"; 5.0 & 4.75 = A,"

Very Good Movie, Highly Recommend"; 4.5 = A-, " Very Good Movie, Highly Recommend"; 4.25 = B+,

"Good Movie, Recommend"; 4.0 & 3.75 = B, "Good Movie, Recommend"; 3.5 = B - "Good Movie,

Recommend"; 3.25 = = C+, "Fair Movie" ; 3.0 & 2.75 = C, "Fair Movie"; 2.5 = C-, "Fair Movie";

2.25 = D+, "Poor Movie"; 2.0 & 1.75 = D, "Poor Movie"; 1.5 = D-, "Poor Movie"; bellow 1.5 = F,

"Very Poor Movie") :
---> B, "Good Movie, Recommend" <---


IF YOU LIKE THIS MOVIE I ALSO RECOMMEND : Whore and Monster

MEMORABLE QUOTES

"Men are all dogs ... if they are not thinking about it then they are thinking about not thinking it"

BALANCED MPAA RATING (not biased in favor of violence and against sexuality, where G = no

violence, no sexuality; PG = OK slight violence, OK slight sexuality; PG-13 = OK moderate

violence, OK moderate sexuality; R = OK explicit violence, OK explicit sexuality; NC-17 = OK

extreme violence, OK extreme sexuality)
---> PG-13a for moderate sexuality <---
WiseKwai
May 3, 2004
Pretty sweet drama about a girl who runs away from her small New England town, heading to Florida looking for a better life.

Along the way, her car breaks down. She is picked up by an older couple in a motorhome.

The film reveals a seamy side to RVs, truck stops and rest areas that I never really considered. Like "Lot Lizards" for instance.

Judith Ivey is great in this as the older lady who takes the girl under her wing.

The director of photography/producer Richard Conners was present as this film festival screening to talk after the film. It was a low-budget film, made for $150,000 and shot in 12 days. That really helped me appreciate what I'd just seen, because truthfully, I thought it was all out of focus. They did the best they could, I guess, with one digital camera.
ge964
November 12, 2003
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** WHAT ALICE FOUND - An 18-year-old woman (EMILY GRACE) plans to drive
from New Hampshire to Florida. When her car breaks down, she meets a couple in
an RV going home to Florida who give her a lift, but they are not what they seem.
But then, neither is she. This is a character study about the choices that people
make in life. A little slow at times, but interesting. With Judith Ivey.
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