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Race You to the Bottom
A bisexual travel writer assigned the task of covering Napa Valley's most romantic hot spots invites an old college friend to join him on his quest, only to find their attraction blossoming into something much more complex in writer/director Russell Brown's look at fidelity, promiscuity, and sexual morality in the modern era. Nathan (Cole Williams) is an L.A.-based writer preparing to pen an article about the Napa Valley wine district. Recognizing that a trip to wine country is always more fun when you invite a friend along, Nathan contacts old college friend Maggie (Amber Benson), who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although more than a little familiar in its road movie-style romantic banter and bickering, the film is easy to take for a number of reasons, including the witty and frequently caustic dialogue."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Interesting, well-acted debut feature from writer-director Russell Brown."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Brown is never clear enough on how he feels about his own characters."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While the filmmaking shows natural skill, the movie lacks the energy and passion needed to really engage the audience."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Self-consciously edgy and romantically limp."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Brown's screenplay and direction, both economical and unshowy, sketch character dynamics in crisp terms that resist the temptation to explain all, beg sympathy or heighten drama for purely histrionic purposes."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A wisp of a film, dramatically threadbare, and saddled with a brittle and affected performance by Williams."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"You want uncomfortable tales of love and woe, then Race You to the Bottom has what you're looking for."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"An illuminating glimpse into some of the more challenging complications that contemporary relationships can present."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"I nearly gave up after an incredibly awkward, self-conscious first five minutes, but eventually writer/director Russell Brown finds his groove and sustains it for a long while."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"While clocking in at a relatively painless 75 minutes, Brown fails to come up with anything so fresh and bold in his approach as to make a single one of those worth watching."
‑ Jay Antani, Boxoffice Magazine
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