The Discoverers
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Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar and Emmy nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids - Zoe (Madeleine Martin, "Californication") and Jack (Devon Graye, "American Horror Stories") - on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis's estranged father Stanley (Emmy Award-winning Stuart Margolin) goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour. The Birch family find themselves on a journey of discovery and connection as they make their own passage… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A warm, endearing, and surprisingly intelligent road comedy about a hopelessly dysfunctional family ..."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
""The Discoverers" counters its many contrivances with relaxed pacing and an evocative sense of the American woodlands by bonfire light."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"The Discoverers has, at least for the first half, the deft and funny touch of indie road hits Little Miss Sunshine and About Schmidt. Once in the woods, however, it takes a sharp left onto the beaten path."
‑ Deborah Kennedy, Willamette Week
"A minor discovery, but a diverting one...a low-key, unassuming but pleasant family road dramedy."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It's to Schwartz's credit that Dunne and the other actors bring new life to a familiar story."
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"Schwarz can't make enough out of that goofy notion - visually or narratively - to get a comic steam going. But there are sidebar pleasures to be found ..."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"The unusually grizzled Dunne excels. Sadly, the movie is marred by tepid, often crass comedy."
‑ Graham Fuller, New York Daily News
"The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
""Little Miss Sunshine" lite."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Dunne creates a full-blooded character. The film around him, unfortunately, takes low-key to the realm of tepid."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Writer-director Schwarz has a lot of fun with this nutty premise. And more important, the twisted dynamics of this particular family ring true."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"There's nothing earth shaking going on here, and on occasion the proceedings deteriorate into pure silliness. But The Discoverers is gorgeous to look at, and the cast is astoundingly deep."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Butler's Cinema Scene
"T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving."
‑ Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly
"A smart script and an endearing father-daughter relationship between veteran actor Griffin Dunne and Madeleine Martin save it from becoming too formulaic."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
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