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Splinterheads (2009)



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In this independent comedy, Justin (Thomas Middleditch) is a twentysomething slacker who has a hard time getting out of bed before noon and works part-time mowing lawns with his buddy Wayne (Jason Rogel), who is only slightly more ambitious. Justin hears a lot from his family about making something of himself, but he doesn't pay much attention until he and Wayne check out a traveling carnival one evening. Justin meets Galaxy (Rachael Taylor), a beautiful and spunky girl who works at a dunk-tank concession, and he is so taken with her he doesn't mind when she takes his money in a fixed game. Justin unexpectedly crosses paths with Galaxy the next day, and before long he's spending most of his time with her and her fellow carnies. Has Justin finally found his destiny with Galaxy, or is he just another stop on the road for her? Also starring Lea Thompson, Christopher McDonald, and Frankie Faison, Splinterheads received its world premiere in 2009 at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where director Brant Sersen's first feature, Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, won the Audience Award in 2004.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brant Sersen
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On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
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Thomas Middleditch
as Justin Frost
Christopher McDonald
as Sergeant Bruce Mancu...
Lea Thompson
as Susan Frost
Jason Mantzoukas
as The Amazing Steve
Pamela Shaw
as Aunt Betty Frost
Jason Rogel
as Wayne Chung
John Lutz
as The Guinness Man
Albert Hale
as Edmund Lyndeck
Noa Seigel
as Little Girl
Jenn Schatz
as Splinterhead Girl
Schuylar Dane Croom
as Might As Well Jump G...
Lauren Hunter
as Hot Blonde Metal Chi...
Jenny Jordon
as Hot Brunette Metal C...
Shiro Aoki
as Metal Dude
Emmett Harty Jr.
as Gas Station Attendan...
Gary Buccola
as Slim JIm
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Critic Reviews for Splinterheads

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Splinterheads might suffice some late night on cable, but that's about it.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

A shaggy comedy with more heart than heft.

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Attempts to compensate for its too-familiar romantic setup by defining its characters through idiosyncratic hobbies and traits.

Full Review… | November 5, 2009
Top Critic

Splinterheads, which aims to be a quirkier Adventureland, never rises above mildly amusing.

Full Review… | November 4, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

For a better courtship story set amongst the world of cotton candy and Tilt-a-Whirls, rent Adventureland instead.

Full Review… | November 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's another tale of an overgrown kid accepted for his sweet, stammering self and nurtured out of his cocoon.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Splinterheads


Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor, Christopher McDonald, Lea Thompson, Dean Winters, Frankie Faison, Jason Rogel, Edmund Lyndeck, Jason Mantzoukas, Lennon Parham

Director: Brant Sersen

Summary: When a traveling carnival sets up shop in town, Justin (Thomas Middleditch) discovers the girl of his dreams, a shrewd carnie named Galaxy (Rachael Taylor). But to win over this sexy con artist's heart, Justin must get his life in order and deal with her scary boyfriend, Reggie (Dean Winters).

My Thoughts: "I should just stick to these odd little indie films. They always seem to do the romance and most of the other type of films right. Well in my opinion. This film didn't really focus on the romance, more on the quirky story being told. It has some very odd characters that are funny and make the movie that more interesting and entertaining. The movie was surprisingly funny coming from an unknown actor for me, that being Thomas Middleditch. I thought Justin and his side-kick Wayne Chung, were a pretty funny duo. Not bad acting for this little low budget film. Amazing Steve and Grandpa Albert Hale were also pretty funny in this. Just a great cast of odd, fun, crazy characters. Definitely worth a second watch."


Super Reviewer

Good movie based around the carny life. It's one of those offbeat romantic comedies where you basically know the ending after the first 30 minutes but it's a fun ride.

The acting is good and there are some interesting scenes. The girl is sexy as hell.

Fap rating: 7/10
Overall: 8.5

Professor Wizenhymer

Super Reviewer


"What are you diong drinking with carny folk?"-Justin Frost (Thomas Middleditch)
The kid is beyond dorky, making the blossoming relatationship with Galaxy harder to accept (he would have been great in HOT ROD). The last ten minutes go off the deep end, in RAISING ARIZONA fashion.
"Oh Susan, I've spent the last year waiting to die. Now, all of a sudden, I'm given an award for living!"-Albert Hale (Edmund Lyndeck)

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