Highway (2001)





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Two friends hit the road to escape some homicidal gangsters with a score to settle in this angsty Gen-X flick set against the backdrop of the mid-'90s grunge music scene. Highway opens with its mohawked post-teen hero Jack (Jared Leto), up to his usual routine: smoking pot, cleaning pools, and engaging in vigorous sex with a mobster's wife. It isn't long before vengeful thugs come calling to his Las Vegas trailer-park home, however, and Jack has to flee town with his drug-dealing best buddy, Pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal). The two decide to travel to Seattle -- in the week preceding Kurt Cobain's suicide -- and along the way they encounter a succession of drifters, losers, and hangers-on, including a sweet-hearted prostitute named Cassie (Selma Blair). Highway's working title was "A Leonard Cohen Afterworld," a reference to a lyric from Kurt Cobain's song "Pennyroyal Tea"; the film was written by Scott Rosenberg, who previously made a name for himself with Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Beautiful Girls, and Con Air.
Rating: R (Strong Sexuality, Drug Content, Violence and Language)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: James Cox
Written By: Scott Rosenberg
In Theaters: wide


Jared Leto
as Jack Hayes
Jake Gyllenhaal
as Pilot Kelson
Selma Blair
as Cassie
John C. McGinley
as Johnny the Fox
Jeremy Piven
as Scawldy
Kimberley Kates
as Jilly Miranda
Mark Rolston
as Burt Miranda
Sean Dalgarn
as Softboy
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

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September 5, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

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January 15, 2003
AV Club
Top Critic

Aggressively overdirected, with lots of 'Look how cool this angle is' and 'See how tricky my editing is.'

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

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July 30, 2005

Ahead of its time, but not in a flattering way.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
Apollo Guide

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Full Review… | January 15, 2003
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Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan


Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Cool road trip drama stars Jared Leto and Jake Gyllenhaal as two best friends who find themselves on the run from the mob.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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