Indie Gems: Middle of Nowhere

Life doesn't come with a road map.

Grace (Eva Amurri Martino) wants to go to college, but since her mother took out a bunch of credit cards in her name and never paid them off, she cannot qualify for a student loan.  Dorian (Anton Yelchin) is sick of his rich adopted parents and yearns for something more. They meet at a summer job life guarding, when Dorian suggests they go into business selling pot so that Grace can earn enough to go to college. Obviously this doesn't go as easily as they would've hoped. Especially when we as viewers learn more about their family secrets.

It's kind of cool to see Martino play daughter to he real life mother Susan Sarandon. You really feel for Grace being stuck in the absolute shittiest situation ever that is out of her control. Yelchin has a way of making any movie he is in interesting. There's just something about him. Dorian at first seems one dimensional, but as the film goes on we find that there are many layers to this kid who's life is far from perfect.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "No. There's no up or down, man. There's just free and trapped." - Dorian (Anton Yelchin)


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