Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Troy Garity, Alison Folland, Randy Quaid, Bruce Dern, Hank Harris
Director: Allan Mindel
Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself after an unidentified car suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait danglin... more »
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S A A. (Learned2Heal)
Reviewed on 12/24/2008...
An interesting comedic drama that I've watched twice now. Shades of the Coen brothers' style - intentional, no doubt, especially judging from the cover, which is trying very hard to look like Fargo. There is no real comparison between the two, but there doesn't really need to be.
This movie has had several nominations and won several awards, none of which seem to be listed here. If you are looking for a decent drama, laced with some heart and some humor, this will fit the bill.
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'Challenged' as a State of Mind and Heart
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA has everything you'd hope to find in an Indie film - good offbeat story, strong cast mixing established actors with new talent that brings out the best in both, a director who lets the story unfold naturally, enough messages to cast away any doubts that the world is lacking in spirit and caring, and an impressive list of contributors that demonstrates that there are many people who appreciate and love fine film. Writer Richard Murphy and Director Allan Mindel have shaped a tale about a mentally challenged young man and his inner strengths that allow him to make his mark on the world through sheer courage: they have succeeded in creating a memorable, touching, warmly human film.
Albert Burroughs (Troy Garity) is a twenty-something sweet lad, mentally challenged but able to maintain a job as a copy clerk for old man McNally (Bruce Dern) while he is closely overprotected by his mother Edna (Debra Monk). Troy's one pastime is ice fishing and because he is sensitive to the language of the fishes he has become the champion ice fisher of Wisconsin, earning prizes that amount to considerable savings! Worried that the outside world (outside of Milwaukee!) might be abusive to her son, Edna has prevented his entering contests in such places as neighboring Minnesota, places where Albert could truly become a star.
Quite suddenly Edna is killed in by a hit and run driver and Albert is left to his own devices for survival. News of his inheritance and contest winnings seeps into the world and characters begin to appear to take advantage of 'the retard': the smarmy Jerry (Randy Quaid) tries to convince Albert he is his real father; Tuey (Allison Folland) and her cancerphobic younger brother Stan (Hank Harris) are cheap con artists who try to steal his money; a transvestite (Holly Woodlawn) and her bodyguard Gary (Josh Brolin) wiggle into the stew created by Tuey and Stan and further go after Albert's money; and McNally posts his own agenda for 'care' of Albert and his 'fortune'. How each of these attempts to take advantage of Albert play out forms the line of the story, with an ending that finds Albert leading his life as an ice fisherman who is a champion in more ways than one.
Though obviously shot on a low budget this film succeeds on the important levels of communication and goes beyond the ordinary with some stunning photography by Bernd Heinl and a wonderful musical score by Michael Convertino and Robert Muzingo. Troy Garity (son of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden) holds his own in a role that could fall into parody and demonstrates that he is growing into a fine actor. And it helps to have the likes of Bruce Dern and Randy Quaid in the mix! This is the kind of film that is refreshing to see made. Would that Hollywood would invest in stories of this caliber! Recommended. Grady Harp, November 05
Only for a happy few
D-J Haanraadts | Los Angeles, California | 12/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll be up front about this: director Allan Mindel is a very good friend of mine and I have witnessed in awe the making of his first feature. Allan's struggle and tenacity paid off. This is not a movie that only requires a one-time viewing. I have seen it projected now 6 times - and it gets better. And better. And better. Only true film watchers will appreciate this splendid work. On the surface it is a simple story but there are so many subtle layers that watching it on DVD is the perfect medium. I recommend watching it at least once a month. It will improve your quality of life.
Enjoy, you lucky few!"
FilmBuff | New York City | 11/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this film! Sure, there were a few scenes that could have been edited and the pacing would have benefited, but the story is strong and entertaining. The cast delivers solid performances throughout, with a few wonderfully haunting scenes. Criticism that this film is derivative of "Rain Man" or "Fargo" is unfounded, though there are some points of similarity that the lazy viewer might harp on. Rent it, check it out, and enjoy!"