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Montana Amazon - first review following the Premiere at the Orlando Film Festival on Friday 5 November 2010

Reviewed by Sharon Butler exclusively for The Montana Amazon Tribute Site

 

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Montana Amazon : The Adventures of the Dunderheads, is an independent film that combines popular hits, Thelma & Louise and Little Miss Sunshine. The film focuses on the Dunderhead family, dysfunctional at best, living in deep isolation in Montana.

Grandma Ira, an illiterate mute that expresses her feelings with grunts and fists, packs her two teenage grandchildren into a beat-up Ford Falcon and flees to Mexico after Womple, her mentally challenged grandson who has never seen a bathtub, kills his Indian friend.
Teenager Ella's fascination with headless dolls is replaced by her coy and erratic attempts at communicating with every personality the family encounters during their chaotic road trip. The characters were intriguing, the scenery was awesome and the storyline was peculiar....but engaging.

After the movie, director D.G. Brock, producer Bruce Stubblefield and actors, Olympia Dukakis, Haley Joel Osment and Allison Brie sat for a 30 minute Question and Answer Session with the audience. We learned that that the film took 27 days to shoot and director Brock shared stories about the shoe tree they happened upon in Nevada. She spoke about how exhausting it was after returning to the back roads of several states to capture background footage. I was particularly impressed with Haley Joel Osment, an articulate young man who displays such a professional image.

 

Montana Amazon - first review following the Premiere at the Orlando Film Festival on Friday 5 November 2010 Montana Amazon : One of the best-directed comedies I've seen in quite awhile

 

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