Natural Selection
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Linda White (Rachael Harris), a devoted Christian housewife, leads a sheltered existence in suburban Texas. Her world is turned upside-down when she discovers that her dying husband, Abe, has a 23-year old illegitimate son named Raymond (Matt O'Leary) living in Florida. Somewhere on the edge of guilt and loneliness, Linda grants Abe's final wish and sets off on a quixotic journey to find Raymond and bring him back. Along the way, Linda's wonderfully bizarre relationship with Raymond will teach her more about herself than she ever imagined possible and force her to come to terms… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the evolutionary spectrum of cinema, "Natural Selection" is like the duck-billed platypus, pretending to be warm-blooded but more than a little fowl."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[Harris is] the big reason that "Natural Selection" is so engaging."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Previously cornered in mousy or sarcastic roles, Harris is challenged by Natural Selection, bringing out the best in the actress, who I hope is offered more juicy dramatic opportunities like this."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Harris gives it her all, despite Pickering's inability to steer a vehicle worthy of her talents."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"Pickering has made a movie that mercilessly pokes fun at religious pretensions but still looks on his characters with warmth."
‑ Dan Lybarger, MovieMaker Magazine
"[Harris is] the one good thing in "Natural Selection.""
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Lame indie comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A skilful mixture of comedy and drama makes this the kind of film that keeps us off balance from start to finish."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A commendable ultra-low budget indie road trip flick, "Natural Selection" fails to fire on all cylinders."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"However gritty this indie comedy may look (cinematographer Steve Calitri seems to be aping William Eggleston's photographs of the American south), it isn't all that different from an Adam Sandler vehicle."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"A coming-of-age portrait of a sweet, innocent, middle-aged Christian woman who bursts through the confines of a sexless marriage."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"A cracked road trip, marked by a pair of arresting leads turns, shot through with good intention but lacking in either deft enough execution or a tonal commitment one way or another that would tip it toward honest recommendation."
‑ Brent Simon,
"This movie demonstrates that it's a pretty rough place out there in Flyover Land. Harris and O'Leary are up to the challenge, and Natural Selection is a pleasant surprise."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Natural Selection ticks all the boxes with a firm grip. Its opening alone is a lovely cinematic coup."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
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