Reviewed byAdam_West_as_BatdanVote: 6/10/10
A slice of life indie-drama about a teenage boy (Evan Peters) with aslightly dysfunctional leg, they call him cripple in the movie but Ithink that's borderline slur so yeah I'll just put it like thatinstead, seems to work fine otherwise just walks a bit crookedly.
Anyway he befriends a teenage girl who's a prostitute (Juno Temple) andyeah that's what the movie is about more or less.
The plot summary here on IMDb make it sound more like a road-trip moviethan it actually is, I mean there is a roadtrip but it's notsubstantial to the story so if you're expecting a typical get up tocrazy things in new towns type of road movies you might be a bitdisappointed.
Writing could have been a little sharper but Temple and Peters are bothas always good and make it worthwhile still.
Reviewed bydansviewVote: 6/10/10
There is no official indication that this is a movie set in some"retro" period, but I think it is. I'm not sure why. Perhaps toemphasize the physical and cultural isolation of the setting.
The clothes and cars seem old and there are no computers.
The two kids are outsiders for different reasons. But their status asoutsiders brings them together. I don't think there was any narrationuntil the last minute. That's always really awkward, although in thiscase the lines spoken by the narrator, who is obviously the male lead,are simple yet profound. He says that sometimes people come into yourlife who open up new perspectives or possibilities. Or something alongthose lines. That's really what the movie was about.
It's dark, so if you are prone to being depressed by dark films, youmay want to avoid it. Yet it's different than the dystopian cynicism ofa lot of mainstream films, reality shows, and comedy. Because there is"light" in it. The Christine Lahti character never lets the kid down.She is always there for him.
I did not understand the back story on the girl. They should have triedharder to make that clear. Did she get abused by a step dad? Of coursethe drives from the desert to the lighthouses made no geographicalsense, but viewers outside California may not realize that. I supposeit's OK, because we sometimes allow for such things in order for amovie to get its' point across and entertain us. There are nolighthouses close by any deserts. You would have to travel a long, longway to find any on the coast. It wouldn't be a casual road trip either.
There is no explanation for how the boy became a gimp. I guess theydidn't want to focus on that, since the limp was just a metaphor forbeing an outside or a pariah.
Although the conclusion was depressing and inevitable, they avoidedshowing gore by literally not filming it. There is no sex or hardcoreviolence in this picture. I really appreciated that.
The music is not much to speak of. There were a couple unmemorableindie tunes, but original. I am so glad they didn't use some clichédsoundtrack.
This is a slow moving character-driven piece that does not attempt toslam you over the head with a message. It's also a lot less cynicalthan the average modern indie.
I have no idea who the girl is. She was OK and the boy did an adequatejob. He was supposed to be an innocent kid and he portrayed thatadequately. Lahti was good, although her character was not an originalone. The kind-hearted country western divorcée has been done before.
Reviewed byzif ofozVote: 1/10/10
And no light!
Nowhere in the movie do you see a lighthouse at night with it's lighton. The lighthouse light is a warning, a guide, for the seafarer tokeep the ship safe. So what's with the name? The movie should have beentitled "Lighthouse" because that's where Charles & Viki felt safeduring the day. At night it was back to being the solo truck stophooker for her and store stock boy for him and dealing with the localthugs and her crazy pimp.
Why did Juno Temple do this part? Why did she appear in this flick? Sheis Juno Temple and this role is beneath her talents and she looked likeshe knew it. Her role is lifeless as Viki, Evan Peters is lifeless asCharles, and Skid (the pimp character) is more a demon possessed clown,than a mean tough guy.
And to top it off, suddenly the story ends. I didn't get it.
A teenage boy and girl discover a renewed sense of possibility as they go on a road trip to photograph lighthouses along the California coast.