Desert Blue (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Desert Blue
Strains itself in trying to be relentlessly offbeat.
...coast[s] along on the charisma of the actors...
This quirky and endearing film celebrates the ways in which people can bond together, share dreams, and change their lives in the midst of a crisis.
Another reason to abolish the now-abhorrent [Sundance] festival altogether.
Audience Reviews for Desert Blue
A small town in the California desert and a young all star cast (with an appropriate alt/indie soundtrack supporting them) consider metaphysical stuff. Meant to be cooler than it actually is cool, everyone does manage to look mah-velous. Like the town though nobody's going anywhere.
Cast: Casey Affleck, Brendan Sexton III, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, John Heard, Ethan Suplee, Sara Gilbert, Peter Sarsgaard, Lee Holmes, Michael Ironside Director: Morgan J. Freeman Summary: When the FBI quarantines a seemingly nondescript town that boasts a random roadside attraction -- the world's largest ice cream cone -- visiting starlet Skye (Kate Hudson) and her father (John Heard) encounter an assemblage of memorable locals they won't soon forget. My Thoughts: "This is an offbeat movie with a great (then) young cast. Great quirky character's that some us small town grown kids can relate to. Not much to do in small towns, so you have to entertain yourselves somehow. Liked their choices of fun, it was entertaining to watch. Had some funny moments, and was never boring. But this is much more of a dark comedy. Had some deep stuff going on with Brenden Sexton III, character. It was nice to see him in a somewhat leading role. Definitely worth the rental."
It's amazing how much cool stuff can come from a town as small as Baxter. This is a very small, character-driven movie, and I love the portrayal of the ways in which the town natives amuse themelves in the desolate desert. The casting was really good too, as was the script. Props to everyone involved.
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