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½ August 16, 2016
There aren't many jobs around that could possibly be less exciting than painting yellow lines down the middle of a road... unless, of course, the road is in the middle of nowhere. The indie film PRINCE AVALANCHE is the story of two men who have that job. But the film is more than just getting the line right down the middle. It's about two seemingly different guys who themselves are trying to meet in the middle.

Alvin is a 30-something year-old bachelor. He takes life very seriously, probably too seriously for the good of his own mental health. He has a girlfriend but one would suspect that their relationship has never made it past first base. As a favour to his girlfriend but possibly just to impress her, he hires her rather irresponsible younger brother, Lance, to join him painting the road. While Alvin sees the work as an opportunity to clear his head, Lance sees it as easy money, which he plans to spend on beer and women on his weekends off. As much as Alvin considers himself to be an erudite and responsible guy who is ideal marriage material, Lance considers himself to be a party boy who is just out to get laid. But neither is either. They just don't realise it.

Imagine the original ODD COUPLE, Felix and Oscar, put them in a post-fire ravaged Texas backwoods and you've got Alvin and Lance. Alvin is fussy while Lance is a bit of a slob. Alvin relishes the solitude, which gives him a chance to listen to his German language cassette tapes and write flowery letters to Lance's sister (it's pre-digital 1988, after all). Lance crudely admits that being out in nature gets him horny. Their self-imposed exile gives them an opportunity to get to know each other better and they end up bickering about almost everything. Once they are done ripping off each other's fašade, the only place left to attack is themselves... and they don't like what they find. Alvin realises that he's not as cool as he thought he was while Lance admits that he has become too "old and fat" to compete with the younger guys.

PRINCE AVALANCHE is a very slow film but it keeps moving only just fast enough to hold our attention thanks to the acting of its two stars. Paul Rudd, who is well known for his comedies, is superb as the pathetically stiff, Alvin, who probably just needs a good lay. Emile Hirsch, who looks like a young Jack Black, has already starred in a few heavyweight films (MILK; INTO THE WILD) in his young career. He, though, is thoroughly convincing as the clueless buffoon, Lance.

The story is based on the 2011 Icelandic film, EITHER WAY, which won six awards both at home and at various film festivals in Europe. I can see this film being set in Iceland's barren wilderness. When there's not much to look at, you've got to start getting real with yourself. Alvin and Lance are not really likeable characters but their awkwardness invokes sympathy. As they both come to the understanding of who they really are, you want them to succeed and move forward in life.
½ August 4, 2016
A bit dull at times, but it has some pretty nice moments. If you enjoy action or steady story progression, stay far away.
Super Reviewer
July 22, 2016
An enjoyable blend of funny and melancholy that benefits from Green's solid direction and 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.
June 4, 2016
Rare character-based two-hander. A cinematic "Waiting For Godot". A pleasure to watch the actors' performances, especially Emile Hirsch's. Can't say I understood the Lady character but the truck driver (to whose memory the film is dedicated) is a joy.
June 1, 2016
A wonderful showcase of two brilliant actors, discovers the wonderful bond and experiences of two main road repairman. A simple plot with interesting study of people having to get along with each other, an interesting philosophical case study.
½ April 9, 2016
A satirical take on road movies which manages to be dumb and insightful at the same time.
March 23, 2016
This one took me by surprise. The performances and the plot was really well thought out. Two great underrated actors bringing a real human element to a otherwise dark-comedy. Loved!
March 19, 2016
You don't want to watch this gay romance
½ March 7, 2016
Reminiscent of 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," "Prince Avalanche" is a portrait of seclusion and isolation told from a working-class perspective.
January 12, 2016
A peculiar and minimalist premise for a comedy which does manage a few laughs in it's own ramshackle style but is still hard to recommend strongly.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
September 18, 2015
Following a massive forest fire, Alvin(Paul Rudd) and Lance(Emile Hirsch) work at repainting the yellow stripes on the highway. In point of fact, Lance is the younger brother of Alvin's girlfriend. While Alvin works on improving his German for an upcoming vacation with her, Lance goes back to town for the weekend.

"Prince Avalanche" may not exactly be a return to form for David Gordon Green and his glory days of poetic lyricism, mainly due to the crude dialogue throughout. Still, there is enough thoughtfulness on display for this to certainly be considered a step in the right direction. Elsewhere, Paul Rudd shows a bit of range for once while Emile Hirsch is content to do a middling Jack Black impression.
September 3, 2015
Offbeat magical realism that features what is possibly my favorite Paul Rudd performance yet.
August 21, 2015
"There's a difference between being lonely and feeling alone"
August 14, 2015
I felt indecisive about it at first if it was supposed to be a comedy or a drama but i didn't laugh once so it must be a drama however a weak one. Acting, yeah well, okay, but boring mostly.
½ July 11, 2015
At it's best, it's a deep, sincere, two-man show about the loss and rediscovery of life. At it's worst, is whenever Emile Hirsch talks for more than 1 minute. His character was super annoying, and just complained about everything. It brings the film down a bit. But what I did appreciate was the brilliant cinematography by Tim Orr and the spectacular score. This is a perfect ambient film. You could leave it on and drift off to sleep.. and no, that wasn't a backhanded compliment. Truly, it's one of David Gordon Green's better works, and it's more subtly funny than his earlier raunchy comedies. He's an interesting filmmaker, nonetheless.
½ May 18, 2015
Almost no laughs and boring, no great performances to stand on, just mediocrity all around.
March 31, 2015
A beautifully-crafted low-key comedy drama done in the style of Terrence Malick films. Prince Avalanche is an interesting and thoughtful feel-good movie filled with grace and plenty of laughs. The chemistry between Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch is excellent. It's worth seeing for their performances.
March 20, 2015
A quiet comedy and drama centered around just two people painting traffic lines on a quiet highway. Much of the humor is low key and I really enjoyed it. It came out of the characters' quirks and their interactions.

Emile Hirsh is especially good as Lance, the brother of the woman his boss, Alvin (played by Paul Rudd) is dating. At first they don't talk much to each other, but eventually they start sharing stories and have to deal with changes happening in their personal lives. Lance is a little slow while Alvin is a little arrogant, leading to some very funny conflicts.

Side stories about a woman sorting through the remains of her burned down home and a truck driver who keeps arriving at the right place at the right time with booze add a little bit of surrealism to the otherwise naturalistic movie. Not much happens, but by the end of the movie, the two men hopefully have a better understanding about their own lives and can deal with the issues they face.
½ March 9, 2015
I can't really review this because I fell asleep.
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