Race You to the Bottom (2005)


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A bisexual travel writer assigned the task of covering Napa Valley's most romantic hot spots invites an old college friend to join him on his quest, only to find their attraction blossoming into something much more complex in writer/director Russell Brown's look at fidelity, promiscuity, and sexual morality in the modern era. Nathan (Cole Williams) is an L.A.-based writer preparing to pen an article about the Napa Valley wine district. Recognizing that a trip to wine country is always more fun when you invite a friend along, Nathan contacts old college friend Maggie (Amber Benson), who readily agrees to join him on his trip. Though both Nathan and Maggie currently have boyfriends, their attraction to one another finds wine tasting taking a back seat to an affair that raises numerous questions as to the fragility of intimate relationships when love knows no gender.

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Erin Cahill
as Waitress
Patrick Belton
as Tabriz Rug Guy
Al Liner
as Marco the Winery Operator
Adam Del Rio
as Victor the Waiter
Kathy Garver
as Spa Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Race You to the Bottom

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Although more than a little familiar in its road movie-style romantic banter and bickering, the film is easy to take for a number of reasons, including the witty and frequently caustic dialogue.

May 18, 2007

Self-consciously edgy and romantically limp.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

An illuminating glimpse into some of the more challenging complications that contemporary relationships can present.

Mar 29, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Interesting, well-acted debut feature from writer-director Russell Brown.

Mar 29, 2007 | Full Review…

Brown's screenplay and direction, both economical and unshowy, sketch character dynamics in crisp terms that resist the temptation to explain all, beg sympathy or heighten drama for purely histrionic purposes.

Sep 1, 2006
Top Critic

I nearly gave up after an incredibly awkward, self-conscious first five minutes, but eventually writer/director Russell Brown finds his groove and sustains it for a long while.

Jun 14, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Race You to the Bottom

An interesting premise, acted out by completely unbelievable cast. The main draw for me was Justin (Green Arrow) Hartley, but he has all of five inutes of screen time and even he looked like he knew this was beneath him. No pun intended.

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Robert C

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