Review/Synopsis: 4.8/5 So, this movie pleasantly surprised me! I will be the first to admit that while I have always thought Mr. McConaughey was beyond handsome (and he seems like the kind of guy I’d like to be friends with if he was just a regular joe), his performances haven’t always struck a cord with me. Also, as a southerner, I shy away from most movies that try to portray southern life because the cliches, stereotypes, and bad accents usually get the best of me (Fried Green Tomatoes, Forrest Gump, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood, and Steel Magnolias excepted)! This is in the top 5 films I’ve seen this year, and the top 10 films I’ve seen in the last few years. Think of it as a cross between Huckleberry Finn, The African Queen, and Stand By Me! Before I was fortunate enough to see Dallas Buyers Club, I was sure this was the role of McConaughey’s career! I was happy to see that it is nominated for a few Spirit Awards and I am hoping the Academy doesn’t pass it over. Again, low production costs are another reason I love this film! It a good story with a solid ending and most of all it’s simple. My resounding thought when I left the theater the first time was that this is a timeless film. If it tells you anything, I saw it in theaters 3 separate times and brought guests with me the last two times and each person loved it. Best independent film of 2012-2013!
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Jacob Lofland
Where to Watch: DVD, VOD