Bass Ackwards (2010)

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Director and actor Linas Phillips takes his audience on a strange but fascinating cross-country journey in this independent comedy. Linas isn't sure what to do with himself when his girlfriend (who is already married) breaks up with him, his friend tells him he's no longer welcome to sleep on the sofa and he has no idea of where to turn. Stuck in Seattle, Linas wishes he could get out of town, and when he finds "Shorty," a battered 1976 Volkswagen bus that's been customized to significantly reduce its length, he buys the vehicle, hops in and starts heading East, with a vague notion to going to Brooklyn. Over the next ten days, Linas drifts from one side of the country to another, and as he encounters a variety of colorful strangers en route, he begins to embrace the possibilities that come with each turn of the road and begins to believe being on his own isn't as awful as expected. Combining scripted material with improvisation and interactions with random strangers, Bass Ackwards received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Bass Ackwards

All Critics (3)

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January 26, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Balances humor and melancholia while tracing its moody, sensitive trip.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Bass Ackwards proves the road trip film is alive, well and in very good hands

Full Review… | July 21, 2010
What Would Toto Watch?

...mild and quirky without the smugness that tends to infect these scruffy little films

Full Review… | July 3, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Bass Ackwards

½

Bass Ackwards has a lot more charm than youâ(TM)d expect from a film with that title. Main character Linas, played by Director Linas Phillips, is somewhat lost in the world â" living on a friendâ(TM)s couch in Seattle and filming weddings for cash. After a devastating break-up with the married woman heâ(TM)s in love with (yikes!) and a boot from his friend, he takes a job on an Alpaca ranch and contemplates suicide. But discovering a still-running VW van in the rancherâ(TM)s garage causes him to form a new plan: take a road trip to Boston and stay with his family to recoup. Watching Linas encounter several interesting people (I was happy to see one of my favorite character actors, Paul Lazar, in the mix) along the way, forming friendships, and taking time to find himself, is hilarious, charming, touching, and familiar. You canâ(TM)t help but love this guy and root for him â" as a director and an actor, he does an impeccable job of blending reality with the script to make you think and to make you care.

Amie Simon
Amie Simon
½

Genuine performances here bring out inspiring themes. However, I am not a road trip person. So when a movie like this is 20% "inspiring story" and 80% driving, I have a hard time being satisfied with the hour and a half I spent watching it

Thomas Stoneham
Thomas Stoneham

A simple but touching road trip across America in which a young man meets strangers and discovers how easy and essential simple kindness and friendship can be. There are some great supporting roles and performances here, from Jim Fletcher and Paul Lazar in particular, though other individuals have some great moments as well. If you can track this down, watch it!

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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