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American Fork (Humble Pie) Reviews

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June 1, 2010
Humble Pie is the story of Tracy Orbison, a severely overweight guy who can?t seem to catch a break. He has a lame job as a clerk at the local supermarket, he still lives at home with his overcritical mother, he admittedly has no real friends, trying to pass his driver?s test is a never-ending quest, and he yearns to be a poet in a middle-of-nowhere town who has little need for poetry since it will never pay the bills. Tracy doesn?t necessarily long for greatness, but he knows he needs to get something more out of life.

His moment of revelation occurs when attending a local theater production starring Truman Hope?a ?real? actor whose biggest credit is a three-episode stint on J.A.G.?who also teaches an acting class for the local wannabes. With his trusty notebook of poetry tucked in his pocket, Tracy starts attending the class, longing to filter his artistic side into a new creative outlet and to make Truman his mentor. He also becomes a mentor himself to his new teenage coworker and his group of ne?er-do-well friends, reveling in the feeling that he?s needed and is making a difference in someone?s life. But while everything seems good on the surface, there are inevitable complications that arise from putting too much faith in those who don?t deserve it.

Pulling double duty in Humble Pie is Hubbel Palmer, who both wrote the screenplay and stars as Tracy. He easily conveys everything Tracy is feeling with just a look and a handful of words; he lives in the quietest of desperations, mainly due to the fact that there?s no one in his life who cares enough to really hear him. This is most evident when he?s put in charge of training a new employee at the supermarket and is overjoyed to take the young man out to lunch and share all his wisdom and insights of the world, like how to properly pack groceries and his big artistic plans for the future. For the first time, he sees an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone?s life, which is just the first small step in making a positive impact on the world.

As local thespian Truman Hope, William Baldwin is an inspired casting choice as he manages to unironically portray an actor who is deluded enough to not see that he?s going nowhere. We don?t know if he?s a has-been or a never-was, but that certainly doesn?t bother him. His small classroom of local acting students hang on his every word, and when Tracy approaches him with awe and admiration, you can practically see his ego grow three more sizes. All he?s ever wanted in life is the ability to wow people by just being there, and if remaining the big fish in this incredibly small pond is the only way to do that, so be it.

Where Humble Pie falters is in its lack of direction during the third act. It sets everything up nicely with Tracy?s lousy job and his undesirable home life with his angry mother and weird sister. Then the inevitable downfall when everyone he thought he could trust betrays him is tragic to watch?especially one so-true-it-hurts moment when his boss tells Tracy that his big promotion isn?t quite the big deal he thinks it is. But the final payoff never really happens. Certain gears are set in motion and some resolutions are made, but for the most part it just feels like the last third of the movie fizzles out. We?re not left with a very clear picture of where Tracy is going from here, but a feeling that he?s learned some lessons and knows there?s still some work to be done to achieve his life?s happiness.

As a first foray into screenwriting, Palmer does a commendable job. His main strength obviously lies in developing characters, as the performances are what stuck with me most after watching the movie. The structure of the story tends to falter in places, and it seems to have trouble deciding what genre it wants to fall into?it?s not uproarious enough to be a comedy, not serious enough to be a drama, and not bizarre enough to fall into the beloved ?quirky indie romp? category. But the characters are well-drawn and well-cast, and their situations solidly established, which is more than can be said for a lot of big-budget Hollywood movies. Hopefully in his next project, Palmer will have a story as tight and well-planned as his personalities.
June 1, 2010
Great movie. I'm not sure where the pie comes in...i don't think once i saw im eating pie. but it was an awesome movie...some might find it slow. but i thought it had a good paste and the acting wasn't dull at all.
June 1, 2010
67/100. Generally satisfying independent comedy, the cast is quite good, particularly Kathleen Quinlan. Well written and the characters develop well. It's certainly offbeat and director Chris Bowman has good control over the story.Also known as American Fork.
½ June 1, 2010
I wanted to like this but...
June 1, 2010
funny and simple, but nothing too special.
June 1, 2010
A humorous little "Life Will Get Better" happy ending movie. It's got one of the dudes in it from The Guild by Felicia Day. It was cool to see him in something.
½ June 1, 2010
An intrigueing story of an unlikely interesting character. I actually know someone just like the character. He could be his double. -Baldwin was very good. The story was absorptive and takes you along. You can't help but think that he can't be this dumb. There are also a couple of good bits that unexpectantly make you laugh. Overall an OK movie worth seeing.
½ June 1, 2010
Sleepy tale with LOTS of heart.
May 11, 2010
Humble Pie is a very average, even for an indie film. It is extremely typical of the "Indie teenage angst" market and while heart warming and real it will not blow you away by any means. The cast is almost entirely filled with new faces with the exception of William Baldwin. The cast does a fairly descent job and you might even say Hubble Palmer (the main character) outshines Baldwin. Watch Humble Pie if you're a sucker for the melodramatic indie film.
March 12, 2010
This film really shows how someone can be used. Hubbel Palmer is an overweight guy who just wants to have something in his life and to have friends. He tries really hard and gets what he thinks is friends and he joins a class for acting. He ends up getting turned on by his friends and even his teacher making his life go from good to very bad. But the moral is that you can make your life happy if you just try really hard. Hubbel Palmer did a great job as the main character. The rest of the cast was just ok for me. I did enjoy Mary Lyn Rajskub. But I wasn't too thrilled about William Baldwin. This is a touching little story with a little added humor to keep you interested.
March 9, 2010
Satisfactory, i suppose. I thought the main character was rather unlikable. I'm a huge fan of understated indie films, but even this seemed a bit bland for my tastes.
March 6, 2010
Generally satisfying independent comedy, the cast is quite good, particularly Kathleen Quinlan. Well written and the characters develop well. It?s certainly offbeat and director Chris Bowman has good control over the story.
March 6, 2010
Sweet film- but seemed to lose steam after the first half both in story and in humor. Hubbel Palmer is great, and the appearances by William Baldwin and Bruce McGill help enhance the name lacking cast. Sure it has elements like some of these other recent odd 'Indy jumping' films like "Napoleon Dynamite", "Little Miss Sunshine" etc. but it makes up for the quirkyness with a slightly more serious fare. Overall "American Fork- AKA Humble Pie" is worth seeing at least once as it is a touching drama.
February 16, 2010
I hate these "cant stand up for yourself" kind of movies. Who gives a crap that hes fat! He has/had a voice!
½ February 4, 2010
Humble Pie (American Fork) is from the maker of Napoleon Dynamite and creates another sorta weird character. Tracy a over weight, good hearted, honest boy who works in a grocery store and lives with his over bearing mother. He takes acting lessons and feels he is destined for greatness but seems to never be able to get things going. Nothing great but still pretty fun movie to watch.
January 29, 2010
I laughed when he shoved wheelchair girl's torso into the stack of grocery items. Does that make me a bad person?
½ January 28, 2010
Renamed "Humble Pie" and released in 2007, not 2001. 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.
½ January 15, 2010
Like Eagle vs. Shark, American Fork (Humble Pie) is another Napoleon Dynamite inspired tale about a misunderstood loner who finds self worth.
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