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A young Canadian couple takes a walk on the wild side in writer/director Gavin Heffernan's feature debut, Expiration, which was shot on video over 29 months. Niki (Erin Simkin) tells her old pal Sam (Heffernan) that she's pregnant, and that he, and not her current slacker boyfriend, is the father. Sam takes his mother's engagement ring (Dad ran off when he was a child) and invites Niki out for a romantic evening in Montreal, planning to ask her to marry him. But at dinner, he loses his nerve. The couple gets lost on the drive home, and they end up in a dicey neighborhood. Niki has… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dumb movie with nice cinematography -- a pleasure to watch and a labor to endure."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Episodic film, interesting in fits and starts, but some individual pieces prove more satisfying than the film's whole"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"An eventful ride with a memorable gallery of characters."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"...a memorable and undeniably captivating visceral experience."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A student film of enormous ambition and modest attainment...precocious, perhaps, but also uncomfortably pretentious."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"introduces an unpretentious filmmaker with a promising future"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A solid first film that shows remarkable skill both in front of and behind the camera."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Promises much for its young creator's future, even as it delivers only minor pleasures of its own."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"Almost unreasonably good."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Has the freshness of youthful exuberance on its side."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Does anyone have a spare career to give Gavin Heffernan?"
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"The film is unjaded enough that its very guilelessness is often at least vicariously moving"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Though it was made on a shoestring, Expiration offers imaginative and soulful use of digital video."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Film Festival Today
"This may be one of 'those movies' where everything happens in one single night, but it's far from formulaic."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Definitely recommended for the art house crowds . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
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