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Sunday, February 22, 2009

ROUTE 30: A Review of John Putch’s Movie

Carolyn Holland sent us her review of the movie Route 30....

This afternoon a friend and I attended a movie that had great raves. Attendance at the local Ligonier Theater, which I’ve heard has poor movie attendance, was almost SRO. I splurged (diet-wise) with hot buttered popcorn and settled in for an afternoon of enjoyment.
Within the first five minutes, I was disappointed. I guess I didn’t expect (to continue reading click on Route 30: A Review of John Putch’s Movie or go to ---scroll down or go to folder COMMENTARIES)


Unknown said...

Thanks, Carolyn. I'm glad I didn't go. After the Mars Attacks Mount Pleasant movie disappointment, I was leery.

Uncle Sam said...

I guess movies are pretty much the same as beauty, "in the eyes of the beholder". I've seen some bad reviews on movies that I liked and some good reviews on movies that I believed to be so, so. Having said that, I must admit that I am not a movie fan and probably see no more than 3 a year including those on TV.

We went to the theater on Saturday night to see Route 30 and we thoroughly enjoyed the show. I agree that some of the language was unnecessary and if it was there for shock purpose, it made its point. I laughed more at this movie even though a lot of the humor was slap stick and off the wall. The Saturday night crowd must have enjoyed it too because the end of the movie brought forth a large round of applause.

When the movie was first publicized, I thought it was about the Lincoln Highway whose history I love. Friends at the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor who had seen the movie advised me on the synopsis and I was prepared for what I saw. I give it two thumbs up and almost considered going back to see it a second time today. I decided not to because that would make two movies already this year and it's only February...

Unknown said...

Thanks for chiming in Uncle. I do agree, movies and whether or not they are good is in the eye of the beholder. I'm not afraid of bad language if it is appropriate and not just put in there because the writer's skill is limited to that genre.

I love movies and see them all the time. Pulp Fiction is one of my top ten favorites along with Arthur and Sideways.

Hey, don't tell hubby you liked the movie. I didn't tell him about it because I wanted to avoid another Mars Attacks Mount Pleasant, but last night when I mentioned Carolyn's review he wanted to know why we didn't go! Oh no! ;) LOL

Uncle Sam said...

Diane, don't miss it if you get a chance to see it somewhere. The Ligonier Library will probably have it on DVD within the year. I know I'll watch it again.

In addition to the language,(that didn't bother me)Carolyn didn't appreciate the treatment of Scientology and the Amish. The Scientology episode appeared in the segment with the beer drinking, pot smoking poker players who were trying to capture big foot on film. It was off the wall.

There was only one Amish character, a girl who had experienced rumspringa in the English world as a teen and was now back with the Amish. She enjoyed the worldly exposure where she learned to like beer, like music and swear a little. Her dream was to see a live performance on stage which was realized in a unique way and she remains Amish in the end.

As I said, movies are in the eyes of the beholder. Diane, I feel confident that you will enjoy seeing this movie. Don't miss it. I won't mention anything to Marty....

Bibliobyter said...

I have to agree with Uncle Sam. I liked the film very much.
I went to see the movie on Friday night and the theater was full. I had read about the movie and knew what to expect but I knew that many in the audience thought they were there to see a documentary on Route 30. The theater manager even made an announcement before the showing stating that the film was not a documentary and was not filmed locally as had been widely rumored.
The film pokes gentle fun at a group of eccentric characters and their circumstances. Some of the situations are so silly that you know they were added purely to make the audience laugh.
I admit that I was a little surprised at the liberal use of profanity. I cringed a little during the first five minutes and was aware of the discomfort of some of the audience members sitting around me.
However as the film progressed I found myself enjoying the comic situations and beautiful Pennsylvania scenery. I especially liked the final segment about the Hollywood writer and the Amish woman. Her use of a very explicit four letter word did exactly what it was meant to do. It shocked the audience and it shocked the Hollywood writer. It made us want to know more about this woman who was behaving so contrary to our preconceived notions of Amish behavior.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adored the movie. I grew up in Harrisburg, PA, and live right over the PA & MD state line in Hagerstown, MD. I think it captured the essence of the people in that area, and that is not an insult. I loved the characters, and thought it was REAL. People do cuss, smoke pot, and do, or say things, that aren't always politically correct, or filtered to the point of a vanilla or white bread society. I loved it, I wish there were more movies like it!