Dejected by his failure to achieve fame as a New York City indie-rocker and unable to figure out just when it was that his life took a sharp turn for the worse, a small-town boy who had once harbored big dreams for the future sets out on a cross-country adventure to give his father a birthday the old man will never forget in director Jay Duplass' nostalgic road trip comedy. Josh (Mark Duplass) may not have found the success he was hoping for in the big city, but he's determined not to go back home empty-handed. When an eBay browsing session leads Josh to a vintage Lazy Boy recliner just like the one that used to grace his childhood living room, the loving son opts to purchase the purple relic and deliver it to his father as a surprise birthday gift. Josh's simple plan is suddenly complicated by the appearance of his emotionally demanding girlfriend, Emily (Kathryn Aselton), and his granola-munching brother, Rhett (Rhett Wilkins) -- who both insist on joining him on his homeward-bound mission. While the hapless would-be rocker sets out with them on a mission to deliver a piece of his childhood to his father back home, he might also learn a thing or two about himself and his relationships in the process. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I guess I was expecting a more illuminating and psychologically interesting road trip kind of movie, but I quickly realized I had to shift my expectations. "Painful relationships and financial dealings in search of a potentially nostalgic gift for Dad," would be a more apt title. Ay ay ay.
I did like the post "wedding" party scene. Very surreal yet somewhat believable.
But if you expect this movie to dig deep into the mind of a guy who has few redeeming qualities this is for you. Here's the thing...we were all there once...wanting one thing while life is staring us in the face, and we want to deny it...I know I do...despite riding a desk all day I can still see myself as the next Bon Jovi...but to achieve like that takes a commitment only certain people can know...the character here will never ever know. Aside from the obvious fact that his gfriend loves him he chooses his band, or his brother or whatever. What he should have done is send his dad a card, which given the reception they got upon arrival would have been preferred and focused on his girl. This movie is a good example of running away from problems and not facing them and then making poor decisions when you do. Oh and the dialogue (sp) was hard to bear. I agree with everyone else on this page.
i dont understand why there are so many bad reviews! this movie is amazing. i love independant cinema and this is a true indie flick. Its a great and original story that flows nicely. And its unfortunate that people can only look at whats taking place physicaly rather than see what is taking place between the characters mentally and emotionally. As a viewer I was able to feel and connect with every character through their moments of happiness, poignance, awkwardness, and tension. This is a really great film and I will definately buy it. And I definately recommend it. Its funny and touching. I love this movie.