Passenger Side (2010)




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Brothers, Tobey and Michael (Adam Scott) unexpectedly embark on a wacky adventure in a beat-up BMW to find the love of Tobey's life. The road, filled with odd places and characters entwines these fraternally opposite brothers in absurdly hilarious exchanges on their views of the world. As the brothers begin to discover their lives, as "passengers of life," they realize they've been kept at arms length for far too long until life's amazing forces culminate in a mind-blowing twist of fate. -- (C) Strand Releasing
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Adam Scott
as Michael
Robin Tunney
as Theresa
Vitta Quinn
as Carla
Dimitri Coats
as Goofus
Penelope Allen
as Henrietta
Kimberly Huie
as Laurie
Greg Dulli
as Porn Director
Adam Balsam
as Porn P.A.
Richard Medina
as Man With Knife
Mickey Cottrell
as Suspicious Man
Travis Walck
as Gas Station Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Passenger Side

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Simple and smart, Canadian director Matt Bissonnette's Passenger Side is what's known in theatre circles as a two-hander, a two-person play in which everything depends on dialogue and performance.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Bissonnette achieves a hypnotic effect with Passenger Side. L.A. slides by in a daze, at once inviting and threatening. Michael and Tobey are just two Canadian dreamers in a city where dreams often die.

Full Review… | April 29, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Passenger Side works through its angsty family-drama-oriented premise with a sarky script, a healthy sense of self-awareness and an amusingly deadpan performance from Adam Scott.

Full Review… | April 3, 2011

Here's one of those shuffling, slovenly American indies that can seem vain and inconsequential, or inviting and oddly profound, depending on the talent involved.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Enjoyable, well directed indie road movie that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly moving, thanks to a sharply written, nicely observed script and pair of pitch-perfect performances from Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011

Passenger Side is strictly a chamber piece. That chamber just happens to be the bustling, visually diverse landscape of Los Angeles.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Passenger Side

An indie road movie in which sharp and witty dialogue is the main attraction. Nicely done, but not particularly memorable.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

The idea nugget for this film is good - two brothers at different stages in life due to circumstances bond on a driving trip around L.A. Too bad the audience has little reason to care. I shrugged after this film. What was the point?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Basing the entire film around Scottâ(TM)s trademarked cynicism creates a genuine Indy classic worthy of mainstream status. The fact that Adam Scott has not made more of a stir in the commercial film world is mind boggling, but to have a star like Scott floating around in the Indy world is a refreshing new experience in many Indy films including his huge success in The Vicious Kind.

Christopher Haskell
Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

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