Prince Avalanche


Alvin (Paul Rudd) is a bookish, nature loving road worker who relishes his tedious job painting traffic lines on a seemingly endless stretch of highway that travels through a fire-damaged forest. His co-worker Lance (Emile Hirsch), the brother of his current girlfriend, cares less for the job, preferring to escape into the city to party and meet girls. Forced to spend long, lonely stretches in each other’s company, it isn’t long before this odd couple begin butting heads. As the riotous barbs and malicious exchanges increase, the pair finds that they are forming an unexpected bond, and the charred woods begin to reveal unusual secrets in the guise of a mysterious truck driver offering some primo homemade hooch. Director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) returns to the style of his early independent films George Washington and All the Real Girls, blending poetic visuals, a stirring soundtrack by Explosions in the Sky, and subtle character exploration into a charmingly laconic comedy that redefines male bonding. (Dir. by David Gordon Green, 2013, USA, 94 mins., Rated R, Magnolia Pictures) Digital