Backseat
Backseat (2005)

Director Bruce van Dusen takes the helm for this late bloomer coming-of-age story about two lifelong friends from New York City who embark on a three-day road tip to Montreal in hopes of meeting their favorite actor: Donald Sutherland. But… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Once in a while, a movie inspires nothing more than complete apathy. Backseat is such a lackluster work.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Culturally falling somewhere between Sideways and Dumb and Dumber, this low-rent road movie similarly rides on principles of audience identification, largely minus competent helming, thesping or scripting.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Backseat satisfies itself with small observations and minor breakthroughs of self-awareness.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A road movie that runs out of gas almost immediately after it gets started, Backseat is the sort of quirky indie feature that impresses at festivals but feels wan when experienced under real cinematic conditions.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Sporadically funny, micro-budgeted indie comedy.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Alexander's script considers context anathema, leaving us to wonder, among other puzzlers, why these two jerks are friends to begin with - and, perhaps, on what bad breakup or neglected childhood one may blame the film's dispiriting misanthropy.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Anyone who's spent a lot of time at independent-film festivals will feel a familiar sinking feeling within the first 10 minutes of Backseat.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The flailing, protagonists of Backseat, while not exactly 40-year-old virgins, can have avoided that fate only by the tender mercies of women with low expectations.

Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

To be sure, slapstick misadventures ensue, but there's a sweetness and vulnerability beneath the surface of the boys' sometimes-blue bantering.

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