American Fork (Humble Pie) (2007)





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A terminally optimistic working class dreamer attempts to shed a few extra pounds, inspire others, and finally get his driver's license so he can fuel up and set out on the road to success. Tracy (Hubbel Palmer) is a 400 pound grocery clerk who's convinced he's destined for greatness. While he's not taking acting lessons from arrogant washed-up has-been Truman Hope (William Baldwin), Tracy can frequently be found mentoring stolid bag boy Kendis Cooley (Vincent Caso) and his friends despite the disapproval of the gang's bullying boy-leader Shawn (Nick Lashaway). Back at home, Tracy is forced to contend with the religious ramblings of his bible-thumping, self-loathing mother Agnes (Kathleen Quinlan) while simultaneously trying to lift the spirits of his lonely sister Peggy (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Later, as things begin to look up for the love-struck Peggy, Tracy finally begins to sense that true fame is just over the horizon.
PG-13 (for some thematic elements and violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Hubbel Palmer
as Tracy Orbison
William Baldwin
as Truman Hope
Vincent Caso
as Kendis Cooley
Bruce McGill
as Mr. Grigoratus
Rae Ritke
as Helen
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Critic Reviews for American Fork (Humble Pie)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Emotional eating meets minimum wage blues, miraculously pulling off being outrageously hilarious while always remaining respectful of its persecuted portly protagonist, as it burrows into the heart and soul of small town dreams and big appetites.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009

Admirably matter-of-fact about its antagonist and his ceaseless barrage of emotional road blocks. (Plus it's funny.)

Full Review… | April 20, 2007

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May 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Even though American Fork (Humble Pie) is very charming and definately has its moments of humor,you ultimately end up wishing the dramatic elements of the film (while not bad) would have hit just a little bit harder.

ismael rodriquez
ismael rodriquez

This movie is as gut wrenching as it has heart, and while it preys on the naivete of it's star, Hubble Palmer, it brings to life a point when even the most gullible of people need to learn some backbone, some right from wrong, to stand up and say: "I'm mad as Hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" William Baldwin essentially plays himself, a second string actor who appears at first as a mentor, and then as a jerk who inserts himself into Tracy's (Palmer) life via his sister's love interest, ignoring Tracy and stealing his re-energized dignity. Tracy binge eats to cover his deep sadness, which carries the 'heavy' drama aspect of this dramedy. He also takes out his anger on a fellow-coworker, Helen, who is just as troubled and a loner as him. He finally becomes self-motivated to steal thousands of dollars from the company he's worked at for 11 years, when he realizes he is one of many assistant managers, and not somebody important. But you still feel uneasy, like he's being had, set up by his new gang of no-good friends. And then.... This is a very well-crafted movie that deserves to be watched. See it!!!

Aaron Schroeder
Aaron Schroeder

A decent and probably overlooked movie with some solid acting and a wide range of emotions on display, although it doesn't really come completely together or reach much of a resolution. We're left to infer some things about the future of Tracy. I do admit that changing the ending would have probably been a tough sell, though, and I certainly laughed at Helen's reaction to Tracy's poetry.

Josh Anderson
Josh Anderson

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