Backseat (2005)


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Director Bruce van Dusen takes the helm for this late bloomer coming-of-age story about two lifelong friends from New York City who embark on a three-day road tip to Montreal in hopes of meeting their favorite actor: Donald Sutherland. But this hapless duo hasn't left their problems behind just yet, because in order to achieve their lofty goal, these two pals will have to get a large cache of drugs to its intended drop spot in time, and contend with an eccentric keyboard clacker who only communicates via instant messaging.

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Critic Reviews for Backseat

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Once in a while, a movie inspires nothing more than complete apathy. Backseat is such a lackluster work.

Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4

A road movie that runs out of gas almost immediately after it gets started, Backseat is the sort of quirky indie feature that impresses at festivals but feels wan when experienced under real cinematic conditions.

Apr 9, 2008

Anyone who's spent a lot of time at independent-film festivals will feel a familiar sinking feeling within the first 10 minutes of Backseat.

Apr 3, 2008 | Rating: D+
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Culturally falling somewhere between Sideways and Dumb and Dumber, this low-rent road movie similarly rides on principles of audience identification, largely minus competent helming, thesping or scripting.

Mar 31, 2008 | Full Review…
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Sporadically funny, micro-budgeted indie comedy.

Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The flailing, protagonists of Backseat, while not exactly 40-year-old virgins, can have avoided that fate only by the tender mercies of women with low expectations.

Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

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