Prince Avalanche (2013)

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Critic Consensus: A step back in the right direction for director David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche shambles amiably along with a pair of artfully low-key performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

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Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. -- (C) Magnolia Pictures
Rating: R (for some sexual content)
Genre: Comedy , Drama
Directed By: David Gordon Green
Written By: David Gordon Green
In Theaters: limited
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Cast

Paul Rudd
as Alvin
Lance Le Gault
as Truck Driver
Gina Grande
as Madison
Lynn Shelton
as Voice of Madison
Larry Kretschmar
as Lumberjack
Enoch Moon
as Lumberjack
Danni Wolcott
as Lumberjack
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Critic Reviews for Prince Avalanche

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (28)

One of the most intriguing and thoughtful American films of the year.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Its absurdist tact won't be for everybody, but there is satisfaction in the nuanced, often-pleasing performances from Rudd and Hirsch as they slowly reveal their characters to both the audience and each other. These two grow on you.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's an intimate two-hander with lots of dialogue, humour and poignant revelations, set against a backdrop of rugged woodland beauty.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Globe and Mail
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[A] gently existentialist buddy movie.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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The performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Boston Globe
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David Gordon Green somehow brings together the poetic sensibility of his independent art movies and the humorous lowbrow non sequiturs of his studio comedies; the results are one of a kind and often weirdly moving.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Prince Avalanche

An enjoyable blend of funny and melancholy that benefits from Green's solid direction and the strong performances by Rudd and Hirsch, even if it feels a bit vague and purposely enigmatic as its title, with the dialogue also becoming artificial after a certain hip accident scene.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Cinematography was beautiful and the story seemed like it was going to be touching, but it never really all came together. Ended up feeling kind of incomplete.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Alvin: True love is like a ghost- people talk about it, but very few have seen it. Prince Avalanche is a return to roots for David Gordon Green. It takes him back to the quiet, indie type of filmmaking that got him started with a movie like George Washington. It has no real beginning and no real ending, and it definitely isn't for everyone. It's a completely different type of film then the comedies he's been making like Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter, and it shows is versatility as a filmmaker. Two guys, Alvin and Lance are working on an isolated highway away from any town during the summer of 1988. They're painting the lines on a road that had been destroyed, along with many houses during a major wildfire in Texas. The two are very different, but they begin to kindle a friendship as they help each other through tough moments of their lives. This is a movie that many will think is boring, pointless filmmaking, but if you are like me, and enjoy these subtle, performance driven movies, then it's worth a look. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch give good performances, and for the most part are the only people on screen. In the end, I never feel in love with the film, but it was one I enjoyed for the most part. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

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