Moving McAllister

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An ambitious young intern at a prestigious Miami law firm finds his dreams of passing the bar and becoming a real lawyer thrown into question when he hastily agrees to help one of the firm's partners move -- only to discover that the attorney's new home is in Los Angeles. Rick Robinson (Ben Gourley) has what it takes to become a great lawyer, the only trouble is that he's a bit of a pushover. Though today he spends most of his time copying documents and dreaming of courtroom debate, in four short days he will take the bar and begin his professional career. Upon stepping into the office elevator and noticing one of the firm's partners, Maxwell McAllister (Rutger Hauer), the starstruck Rick jumps at the chance to help the counselor move. His patience is put to the ultimate test, however, when he arrives at the lawyer's house to find a mountain of boxes and a note demanding that he hire a moving truck and drive the load to Los Angeles. As if that weren't bad enough, the lawyer's pet pig and spoiled, college-dropout daughter, Michele (Mila Kunis), will be joining him on the drive. Not only does the tempestuous Southern belle seem intent on sabotaging Rick at every turn, but by the time he arrives in L.A. he will have to jump on a plane and race home in order to take the bar exam on time. Strong bonds have a funny way of forming in tense situations, though, and before Rick and Michele know it, they can't stand the idea of being apart. Moving McAllister also co-stars Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).

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Critic Reviews for Moving McAllister

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (9)

  • Black possesses an impressive visual instinct, enhanced by Doug Chamberlain's cinematography, which distinguishes the film from other modestly budgeted indies.

    Sep 18, 2007 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • Lacking so much as one interesting creative flourish, Moving McAllister may inspire your inner-development exec to scream out script notes in the hope that somehow, maybe, the characters will hear you and give them a try.

    Sep 13, 2007
  • You'd have to be awfully new to moviegoing to be surprised by any of the plot points in Moving McAllister

    Feb 4, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • Actively anti-intelligent.

    Oct 14, 2007 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Though Moving McAllister's heart and soul are in the right place, it's a terrible excuse for a movie.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • There's so little to it that it's kind of a miracle anything actually stuck onto the film emulsion. Yet unfold along it does for 93 unimaginative minutes.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 0/4

Audience Reviews for Moving McAllister

  • Apr 18, 2010
    entertaining in parts which does move it along bot overshadowed by enough bad comedy, but when its working as a indie drama its entertaining, as usuall mila kunis is great to watch, and ben gourley not seen before who are entertaining to watch, but jon heder does spoil things a lot
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2009
    Ben Gourly, Mila Kunis, Jon Heder, Rutger Hauer, Hubbel Palmer Rick Robinson is a ladder-climbing law intern from Miami with four days until the Bar Exam. Desperate to score points with his boss (McAllister), he commits to a favor he can't afford. He ends up in a rundown truck headed to L.A. with his boss's possessions, his Hollywood-bound niece, and her pet pig. Amidst hitch-hikers, breakdowns, and assorted local yokels, Rick finds love, life and maybe himself in this trans-American road trip from hell. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Great comedy. Laughed a lot through this film. It's silly, quirky, a little weird, and very entertaining. Jon Heder was hillarious in this movie. Just a fun roadtrip movie to watch, not to be taken seriously. About a guy just finding himself with the help from a couple of free spirited people. This movie got a lot of bad reviews, but I have to disagree. I found it refreshing and very funny. Maybe not most peoples taste, but I like these kinds of comedies. There's no doubt that this movie will make you laugh.
  • Jan 07, 2008
    Decent romantic comedy
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2007
    Eccentric characters! Wacky situations! Nearly no laughs!
    William G Super Reviewer

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