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Coastlines (2006)




Critic Consensus: Coastlines features solid lead performances, but is hindered by an unconvincing love triangle and scattered direction. Not up to the standard of Victor Nunez's previous directorial efforts.

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Victor Nuņez's Coastlines centers on Sonny (Timothy Olyphant), who is returning home after his release from prison. When he asks for money owed to him by local crime boss Fred Vance (William Forsythe), Vance responds by blowing up Sonny's home (causing the death of Sonny's father). Sonny moves in with old friends Dave and Ann (Josh Brolin and Sarah Wynter), even though Dave is now a policeman. Ann, who has grown bored by her husband's conversion from wild man to cop, begins an affair with Sonny. Nuņez wrote this script before his breakthrough films Ruby in Paradise and Ulee's Gold, but directed it after making those movies. Coastlines was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality and brief language)
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: Feb 6, 2007
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Josh Lucas
as Eddie Vance
William Forsythe
as Fred Vance
Robert Wisdom
as Bob Johnson
Daniel von Bargen
as Sheriff Tate
Blake Lindsley
as Redhead in Bar
Karen S. Gregan
as Lady in Red
Gregory R. Jones
as Ambulance Attendant
Jennie Stringfellow
as Fred Vance's Secreta...
Bob Martin
as Preacher
Rachel Plotkin
as Blonde in Bar
Jay S. Pearson
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for Coastlines

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

It's flawed but no less fascinating for its mood of simmering tension on the fringes of the American dream.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts.

July 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The talent is still there, the film better than most. It just needs less crime, more love.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Keeps you entertained throughout its two hours, which says a lot about Nunez's storytelling.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Proves that while Ulee's Gold was an exceptional movie, it wasn't a fluke. Nuņez just needs to search past the Panhandle for fresh material.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Coastlines


What movie starring Josh Brolin, Timothy Olyphant, and Josh Lucas could be bad?? I'll tell you: this one. Slow. Boring. Pointless...I had a very hard time staying awake.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Coastlines" starts with Sonny(Timothy Olyphant) returning home after spending three years in prison, being greeted by his old friend Dave(Josh Brolin) and his wife Ann(Sarah Wynter). Dave, a policeman, is worried that Sonny will fall back into a life of crime. And his concern is definitely warranted since Sonny pays a visit to Eddie Vance(Josh Lucas) and his uncle Fred(William Forsythe) to inquire about the money that is owed him. Despite Sonny's previous loyalty, the Vances fear trouble and contact a hitman...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Coastlines" is a disappointing movie from Victor Nunez whose two previous films, "Ruby in Paradise" and "Ulee's Gold," were well-acted, low-key and emotionally resonant depictions of small town Florida.(In fact, "Ulee's Gold" was my pick for best film of 1997.) This time around, he stumbles badly with cliches(starting with an ex-con returning home facing choices...), pedestrian directing, general lifelessness and an anti-climax. Just about when it looks like the story will pick up, it falls into a rut, never to escape. And it is always best to let things simmer, instead of relying on unnecessary explosions. Maybe it would have helped if Josh Lucas had been cast in the lead. I am not saying he is a great actor but at least he has a pulse and could have made Sonny at least a little interesting.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

eh. i guess thats all I can really say. It was just a huge circle where the end really made no sense.

Christie Brandt

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