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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.

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Cast

Thomas Middleditch
as Justin Frost
Christopher McDonald
as Sergeant Bruce Mancuso
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 Guy
Lauren Hunter
as Hot Blonde Metal Chick
Jenny Jordon
as Hot Brunette Metal Chick
Shiro Aoki
as Metal Dude
Emmett Harty Jr.
as Gas Station Attendant
Gary Buccola
as Slim JIm
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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

November 6, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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A shaggy comedy with more heart than heft.

November 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
Top Critic

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

November 5, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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Splinterheads, which aims to be a quirkier Adventureland, never rises above mildly amusing.

November 4, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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For a better courtship story set amongst the world of cotton candy and Tilt-a-Whirls, rent Adventureland instead.

November 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It's another tale of an overgrown kid accepted for his sweet, stammering self and nurtured out of his cocoon.

November 3, 2009 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Splinterheads

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

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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."

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