Almost Salinas
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The site of James Dean's legendary, fatal car crash is the setting for this reflective, eccentric drama about idolatry, lost hopes, and aging. Max Harris (John Mahoney) owns and operates a diner/service station in the small, deserted town of Cholame, CA, just down the street from the James Dean Memorial. His placid existence is disrupted by the appearance of a slick movie crew, eager to shoot a quickie flick in the area that references Dean's life. Max is nonplused, although his employees (Ian Gomez and Virginia Madsen) are smitten with the flashy production. Even more aggravating to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... sentimental and sweet."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Contrived as a drama and hokey as a comedy."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"Fine performances and sharp cinematography ... can't compensate for either a script peppered with contrivances or and heavy-handed direction."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"The characters seldom resonate as human beings, only movie versions of human beings."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The people are real but the story devices are clunkers from Fiction 101."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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