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.

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Critic Reviews for Highway

All Critics (4)

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

Sep 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Jan 16, 2003 | Rating: 57/100

Doesn't have many guts.

Mar 20, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Highway

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Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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½

dumb?

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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½

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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A pretty good road trip movie with some bizarre things happening along the way.

Dean King
Dean King

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