Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal, Selma Blair
Director: James Cox
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Jack (Jared Leto) is a Gen-Xer with nowhere to go until he gets caught in bed with a mobster's woman. Now, with three thugs after him, he and best pal Pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal) hit the road to Seattle. Along the way, they en... more »
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Not likable, but still recommended.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 12/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Highway (James Cox, 2002)There are any number of reasons to watch James Cox's first feature film, Highway (not least of which because Cox directed one of 2003's most talked-about and controversial films, Wonderland). It's hard to say the film itself is one of them, oddly enough.It centers around two stoned-out buddies, Pilot (the always wonderful Jake Gyllenhaal) and Jack (Jared Leto, looking for all the world like Charlie Sheen in Repo Man here). Jack, the womanizer, has found himself in bed with the wrong woman, the trophy wife of a mob boss, and needs to get out of Las Vegas. He and Pilot head for Seattle after one of the most surreal drug buys in all of film (the dealer played by Jeremy Piven, recently seen in Black Hawk Down and Very Bad Things, deserves a film all to himself). Along the way, they find themselves repeatedly entangled with a homeless runaway (Selma Blair) and an old hippie trying to get to Seattle for the Kurt Cobain vigil (John C. McGinley). The stage is set, and the movie makes its Easy Rider-esque way through the West.The main reason to see this movie is that Jake Gyllenhaal and Jared Leto are fantastic actors. Blair (soon to be in the much-hyped Hellboy) and McGinley make great foils for the two. I'd be hard-pressed to call this a comedy, but it does have its share of uncomfortably funny lines. It ends up, however, being (as odd as this sounds) a lighthearted tale about the myriad ways in which one's dreams can be shattered.Did I like it? I still haven't figured that out. Would I recommend it? Without hesitation. *** ½"
A Great Ride!
E. S. Kats | 05/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Get ready to thoroughly enjoy yourself in spite of envious deviants out there who didn't like this movie! It's full of hilarious, snappy dialogue, awesomely delivered by the likes of Jeremy Piven and John McGinley (in stellar supporting parts) as well as Jared Leto and Jake Gyllenhaal who have amazingly great chemistry together, combined with left of center morality.
If you want to watch this movie because you're a fan of Kurt Cobain - don't bother. However, if you want to go for a frolic in the fields or leave your inhibitions at the door of the "Dan D. Fine", then this movie is a great ride that will not disappoint! (And you'll get all my esoteric references too)"
All in good fun
A. Deal | 05/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why on earth am I giving this movie five stars? Its plot is minimal. The script has words and phrases I've never heard, and I'm not sure were ever really used in the real world. And to top that off, it's more than a little unbelievable.
However, despite all of the possible downsides, I really enjoyed it. Honestly, I'm normally not into these kinds of films, but it was just good fun. The humor wasn't disgusting and gross. The chemistry between the actors made the on screen relationships believable (even if I don't ever buy the whole love at first sight scenario), and there wasn't some great moral constantly being shoved down my throat.
All in all, it was just a fun movie to watch, and it's been a long time since a movie simply put a smile on my face."
Pretty damn good
Susanna Walsh | Washington, DC USA | 08/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I can not believe how harsh critics have been about this movie! I've never seen anything like it. As always, Jared Leto gets as many freaking fingers I can possibly put up for his performance. He was intense and amazing. Jake Gyllenhaal was also wonderful, bringing light undertones to a would-be dark and dubious character. I thought that film critics were not paying attention and did not catch some beautiful moments in the film. PS:I reccomend REQUIEM FOR A DREAM to ANYONE!!!"