Passenger Side
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Brothers, Tobey and Michael (Adam Scott) unexpectedly embark on a wacky adventure in a beat-up BMW to find the love of Tobey's life. The road, filled with odd places and characters entwines these fraternally opposite brothers in absurdly hilarious exchanges on their views of the world. As the brothers begin to discover their lives, as "passengers of life," they realize they've been kept at arms length for far too long until life's amazing forces culminate in a mind-blowing twist of fate. -- (C) Strand Releasing

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Simple and smart, Canadian director Matt Bissonnette's Passenger Side is what's known in theatre circles as a two-hander, a two-person play in which everything depends on dialogue and performance."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Enjoyable, well directed indie road movie that's by turns laugh-out-loud funny and quietly moving, thanks to a sharply written, nicely observed script and pair of pitch-perfect performances from Adam Scott and Joel Bissonnette."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The siblings are a bit like Sense and Sensibility's Elinor and Marianne: quaint but somehow universal."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A joy from start to finish. Bissonnette has crafted a unique, funny indie."
‑ Nev Pierce, Empire Magazine
"It?s nothing ingenious, but those in the mood for a touch of visual poetry to their familial torment might find plenty to enjoy about this modest drama."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Bissonnette achieves a hypnotic effect with Passenger Side. L.A. slides by in a daze, at once inviting and threatening. Michael and Tobey are just two Canadian dreamers in a city where dreams often die."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Here's one of those shuffling, slovenly American indies that can seem vain and inconsequential, or inviting and oddly profound, depending on the talent involved."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Funnier and more intelligent than there are any grounds to hope for: an entertaining, wry tour of LA's scuzzier sights."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the acting's credible and the wrap-up unexpected."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"An intriguing and funny ride that doesn't hit you over the head trying to be one thing or another."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Passenger Side works through its angsty family-drama-oriented premise with a sarky script, a healthy sense of self-awareness and an amusingly deadpan performance from Adam Scott."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Passenger Side is strictly a chamber piece. That chamber just happens to be the bustling, visually diverse landscape of Los Angeles."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Bissonnette sidesteps the pitfalls of the indie road movie in some style."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
"If genre demands that this sort of story should finish in fraternal reconciliation and a never-ending horizon of happiness, Bissonnette prefers to brake and reverse - and the result, though surprising, feels all the more true to life."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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