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Down The Road Again (2011)

Down The Road Again (2011)

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In 1970, Joey and Pete left Nova Scotia to try life in the big city in the Canadian Classic Goin' Down the Road. Now, some forty years later, Joey has died, and Pete must fulfill his last wish: to take his ashes back to Cape Breton Island, as well as a few other tasks along the way. Armed with a series of letters and an envelope full of money, Pete heads back home. DOWN THE ROAD AGAIN is a touching, comedic and romantic tale of second chances at life and love.

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Critic Reviews for Down The Road Again

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

It's a worthy companion piece to its raw and jagged partner, maybe a bit old-fashioned, maybe a bit too sweet, but imbued with wisdom, heart and good intentions.

October 20, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Shebib, who would probably be the first to admit that Goin' Down the Road is a hard act to follow, tells the story in Down the Road Again with energy and humour and he gets terrific performances from his cast.

October 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Returning to the characters he created in 1970, Shebib has made a wheezy, flat and unnecessary follow-up that tries in the clumsiest way imaginable to slap a happy ending on the first film's downbeat story.

October 21, 2011 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Down The Road Again

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The sequel to Don Shebib's Canadian landmark, Goin' Down the Road... thirty years later! Such an audacious project that I had to watch it, and I'm glad I did. As with the original, you don't quite get behind the characters right away, but about a third of the way through, you realize that you're rooting for them. This time around, the story centres around Joey's death, and his instructions to Pete regarding how he'd like his remains disposed of. The trip happens in reverse this time, from the RoC - that means "Rest-of-Canada," friends from other countries - to the maritimes, and Pete's estranged daughter, a sparkplug played spunkily by Kathleen Robertson, tags along for the ride. It's not without its corny moments, but in a way, the film's a courageous one, not afraid to be sentimental so long as it rings true. It worked for me, it might not for you, but as a pair, Shebib's Pete and Joey movies are signposts in Canadian film, and you should probably see them once.

Daniel Perry
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