Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
Small-town America is the key setting for this tale of four West Texas high-school pals who vowed to leave their tiny town after graduation and head for L.A. Keller (Breckin Meyer) is ready to walk, but his goals are formless. Wealthy Terrell Lee Lusk (Peter Facinelli) knows his parents (Patricia Wettig, Michael O'Neill) want him to work in their family oil business. Squirrel (Ethan Embry), who lives with his alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, should find escape easy, but he finds reasons to stay, as does John Hemphill (Eddie Mills), a young man more suited for life as a rancher.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tim McCanlies' charming feature directorial debut evokes the spirit of Capra's Depression comedies and Thornton Wilder's Our Town, without the nostalgia or sentimentality of those works."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"I don't care if it's a weekend-long slice of life in an incredibly scenic hick town with no major plot line; in fact, that's what I liked most about it."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Highly entertaining and credibly performed"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"By no means an earth-shattering, important film, but it is quiet and entertaining."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"A spiffy valentine to small-town America."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The characters and their emotions are painted with a big, sloppy brush. Texas-sized."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
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