— by ALEXA MILAN —
“The Open Road,” a dramedy from writer-director Michael Meredith, began filming in early 2008 and has been struggling to find an audience ever since. The movie had a limited run in theaters in August and will now hit store shelves on DVD Nov. 17.
The film centers on Carlton Garrett (Justin Timberlake), a minor league baseball player who hits the road with his girlfriend Lucy (Kate Mara) to find his estranged father Kyle (Jeff Bridges), a star athlete. Carlton’s mother (Mary Steenburgen) is dying from a heart defect and wants to see her former husband one last time. Years of unresolved problems begin to reemerge as Carlton attempts to bring his immature father home.
I’m a little hesitant about this one, especially given its struggle to find a release date and lukewarm reception. In these new clips, Bridges looks like he gives a good performance as usual, though Timberlake looks a bit wooden at times. The story also seems a little tired and overdone. I feel like strained parent-child relationships are commonplace in indie road movies, and this one doesn’t look like anything special.
The clips below establish Kyle’s carefree personality and his unstable relationship with Carlton.
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