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Hunter Gatherer (2016)

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Ashley Douglas thinks everything should fall into place when he's released after three years in prison. His friends should come to his welcome home party. (They don't.) His girlfriend, Linda, should greet him with open arms and open legs. (She doesn't.) So Ashley, a forty-something African-American, restarts his life with next to nothing: no friends, no lovers, no connections. All he has is a bedroom in his mom's house, a box of treasures he buried in his back yard, and a nostalgic and deeply ingrained need to be with Linda--his one, true love. That is, until he meets a new friend, Jeremy, and things start to turn around.

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Cast

Andre Royo
as Ashley
George Sample III
as Jeremy Pittman
Jeanetta Arnette
as Dr. Merton
Celestial
as Ashley's Mom
J.R. Starr
as Jeremy's Grandfather
Myles Cranford
as Pawn Shop Clerk
Dal Conner
as Drugstore Clerk
Nicholas Anthony Reid
as Santa's Assistant, Greg
Derrick Brooks
as Santa's Assistant, Todd
Jennifer Bowman
as Receptionist, Tammy
James W. Orange
as Swim Instructor
Dave Williams
as Gardener #2
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Critic Reviews for Hunter Gatherer

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

By turns whimsical and touching.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Locy's good intentions and optimistic worldview take him only so far, and he struggles to find a fitting capper for his story. But the performances and the characters linger in your mind.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The deck (and performance) stacked as they are - the guy is even determined to put an end to his illiteracy - rookie writer-director Joshua Locy makes it difficult to dislike the hapless jamoke.

January 12, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Displays enough originality to mark its tyro filmmaker, whose only previous credits are as actor and production designer, as a talent to watch.

November 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Andre Royo shines in a fabulist comedy that laughs at Trump's idea of Black America.

November 16, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A quiet, gentle film, laid back without seeming sluggish.

November 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hunter Gatherer

½

I have loved Andre Royo ever since his standout performance in the Wire. He lives up to lofty expectations in Hunter Gatherer. An interesting look at the timeless bond of unlikely friendship and connection against the backdrop of the harsh realities of living as a poor black man in America. I greatly enjoyed the first 3/4's of this film. The expert mix of strong performances, a splash of dark comedy and a rewarding look at the lead characters growing bond. I really feel the last part of the film disappointed. The way the film went was maybe not too surprising, and the final shot was rewarding and beautiful, but I have to confess I was not a fan of the darker turn to get to that payoff. It felt like an unnatural progression and shift. The supporting cast of characters was also rich and interesting. The characters are believable, grounded and authentic. You generally feel you are watching a documentary of Ashley's life. His brisk joyful view on life is constantly tested against the darker pain of his true reality. His sidekick in crime Jeremy is a kindred spirit in this regard, although he is a bit more blissfully ignorant. Their slow spiral into tragedy seems inevitable and you want to share in the experience. The flaw is that the path to the film's rewarding final scene betrayed the earlier tone and identity of the film.

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