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Anywhere, USA (2008)

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At 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Tammy beats Gene with a tennis racquet. It's his penance. In retrospect, he shouldn't have jumped to conclusions about the pistachio nut. Meanwhile, Pearl is having doubts. An orphaned eight-year-old in the care of her uncle, she has unwittingly eaten pot brownies and begins to suspect that the tooth fairy isn't real. Finally, there's Ralph, a man of privilege who, somewhere between bites 23 and 27 of his steak, comes to a startling revelation: he doesn't know any black people. Don't be alarmed. It's just another day in Anywhere, USA.Told in three parts ("Penance," "Loss," and "Ignorance"), Chusy Haney-Jardine's wildly original snapshot of du jour America is such an audacious, personal expression of vision that you occasionally feel as if it's being projected directly from his brain. Haney-Jardine delights in theatricality, burlesque images, and wonderfully mismatched devices (rednecks frolicking as Puccini blares or an entire story line narrated by two women gossiping at a tanning salon). And for all its humor, the film observes life with tenderness and humanity, finding an emotional center in Pearl and her uncle.Here's a film that takes real risks and reaps the rewards tenfold. Shot in Haney-Jardine's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, edited in his garage, and featuring an almost entirely nonprofessional cast (his daughter, Perla, is the sole exception), Anywhere, USA wears its independence like a battering ram that gently knocks at your door. --© Sundance Film Festival

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A genuinely odd duck, a quirky regional comedy that doesn't quite resemble anything else you've seen.

January 30, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Anywhere USA is dressed up in postmodern smarty pants, only to resolve as an excessively overlong personal project that chases its own tail.

January 30, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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