Nathan Harlan, Mark Reeb, Laurel Whitsett, John Jones
Shelly: I do NOT want that man following me. He creeps me out! He’s got the goatee…he blinks too much!
After Jason (Harlan) learns that he and his brother are adopted, he sets off with his girlfriend to find information about his biological parents. Jason’s antagonizing brother Todd (Reeb) tags along, but the brothers don’t get along very well, making the task at hand even more difficult.
Ah, Todd…Todd Todd Todd…you, good sir are one of the most instantly annoying characters I’ve ever seen in a movie. And for that, Mark Reeb, I must give you credit. Reeb captures that older sibling obnoxiousness so perfectly that you’ll want to reach through the screen and punch him yourself. Todd knows exactly what buttons to push to get Jason angry, and he pushes them often. Over and over again.
This character is simultaneously off-putting and captivating. In fact, he’s probably the only really interesting thing in the movie, sad to say. The brothers-at-odds-bonding-through-a-shared-experience story is nothing new. Though it is sort of fun to watch their competitiveness, especially their game of “freeze out”. Basically you roll down the car windows on a freezing night, on the highway, with your shirt off, doused in water. Then you see who rolls up his window first.
I saw a quick interview with writer/director John E. Bryant where he talked about the search for your biological parents being of importance to him because his girlfriend (if I’m remembering correctly) has been through a search like that. But I just didn’t feel like this movie really provided any sort of new insight into that subject. It was a good look at how brothers can have a love/hate relationship (with emphasis on the hate), but some of those scenes are also just frustrating to watch. Plus, the frequent scenes of the odd book that Jason is writing being played out are just distracting.
I will give it a special award though for most-unfortunate-snake-bite-location in a movie. I was not prepared for that scene, thank you very much.
Overall, it’s fairly well made, with good performances and a couple laughs, but a standard story that still manages to become too muddled.
Brothers are jerks.
10 – 1.2 for too many angry, unpleasant, frustrating moments – 2.7 for a standard yet muddled plot – .1 for one rather unnecessarily disgusting scene = 6.0