published 8 November 2010 © The Montana Amazon Tribute
Amazon - first review following the Premiere at
the Orlando Film Festival on Friday 5 November
by Sharon Butler
exclusively for The Montana Amazon Tribute Site
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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.
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.