Brave New Jersey (2017)


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It was the original Fake News story. In a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles's legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America, citizens face what they think is their last night on Earth. The over-worked town's mayor Clark (Tony Hale, "Veep") will take a chance on love. The neglected housewife, Lorraine (Heather Burns, "Manchester By The Sea") will break free from her big-cheese husband (Sam Jaeger, "Parenthood"). The demure schoolteacher Peg (Anna Camp, "Pitch Perfect") will become a warrior. The aimless reverend (Dan Bakkedahl, "Life in Pieces") will rediscover his faith. The scared Sheriff (Mel Rodriguez, "The Last Man on Earth") will find his courage. And the reclusive war veteran (Raymond J. Barry, "Training Day") will become a hero as he convinces the town to fight the aliens. All these characters join forces for a final "battle" that leads to a surprising and hilarious outcome. An alien invasion comedy where the aliens never show up.

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Tony Hale
as Clark Hill
Anna Camp
as Peg Prickett
Heather Burns
as Lorraine Davison
Dan Bakkedahl
as Reverend Ray Rogers
Sam Jaeger
as Paul Davison
Erika Alexander
as Helen Holbrook
Leonard Earl Howze
as Stan Holbrook
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

[An] uneven but ultimately winning comedy ...

Aug 5, 2017 | Full Review…
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No wonder the Martians never came. There's no intelligent life here.

Aug 4, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film's narrative simplicity can be charming or frustrating, depending on your feelings about awkward dialogue and overreacting actors.

Aug 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The film wastes several talented performers with its low-key, rambling humor and one-dimensional characters.

Aug 3, 2017 | Full Review…

There are a lot of funny people in "Brave New Jersey," but the movie is not very funny.

Aug 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Lambert aims for gentle, Lake Wobegon-ish nostalgia, but the jokes never land, the undifferentiated small town confers no sense of location, and its eccentrics aren't particularly weird.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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