Bass Ackwards (2010)
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Balances humor and melancholia while tracing its moody, sensitive trip.
Bass Ackwards proves the road trip film is alive, well and in very good hands
Audience Reviews for Bass Ackwards
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.
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
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!
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