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“So when you say something negative and insult the other person… You’re really just showing that other person what an unsure-of-yourself-type person that you really feel like you are.”
– Lance

SYNOPSIS: Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.  – via IMDB

I found this film to be incredibly long and incredibly tedious. I think there were a royal five minutes that managed to generate a smile from me. I felt like my time was wasted. I didn’t enjoy the story much at all, which was a pity seeing as the actors weren’t bad and I really wanted to like it. The only thing that carried the story the little bit that it went was Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. I really, really didn’t like Lance’s character – he was a real tool and annoyance and superbly rude. His nice moments were few and far between, though Emile Hirsch was very well cast to carry him out. Paul Rudd’s portrayal of Alvin was actually really good as it goes out of his regular comfort zone, and he does it incredibly well.  The settings were slow, the pace was non-existent, the story was weak and it was boring for me in so many places. There, I said it. I know some people praised it for being an alright comedy drama, but there was nothing that I was enamoured with (except maybe chasing someone with a wrench and throwing things at them). It almost felt like it was trying to go in a Napoleon Dynamite kind of way but missing the bus. I also really didn’t like the jittery camera work for this movie at the best of times though I really liked the sets they were working in. The conclusion was also incredibly sudden for me, and didn’t really explain much or wrap it up. I suppose there really are worse movies to watch in your precious free time, but after the many positive reviews I read about this I was not impressed.

25 thoughts on “Review: Prince Avalanche (2013)

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Nice review Zoe. Rudd and Hirsch work very well together, even when what they have to do is not like the other. Even then though, you can just tell that they want to be buddies.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan. They did work very well together, which is probably what kept me watching!

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  2. Mark Walker says:

    Sorry to hear that this didn’t work for you Zoe but I’m not surprised either. It’s certainly not for everyone. I just reviewed this myself the other day and I have it 7/10. I found it to be quite a meditative little film anchored by two gret leads (especially Rudd).

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    1. Zoë says:

      The performances were fine but the movie just didn’t do it. Going to go have a look at your review, sure I caught it though! Rudd is fantastic, really enjoy him!

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      1. Mark Walker says:

        I thought Rudd was excellent. He really held it all together for me.

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      2. Zoë says:

        He was totally worth the watch, cracked me up!

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  3. jjames36 says:

    I agree on many of your points. I too think the end was too sudden, and that Lance, at times, was a bit too stupid to be believed. (As one trite example, when he said labortion, I laughed out loud, not because it was funny, but because it was so stupid as to pull me out of a key moment in the film. In the ’80s, abortion was a hotter political issue than it is today, because the Supreme Court had only legalized it a decade earlier. Many were still hoping to find some way of undoing their decision. That a character wouldn’t know how to say the word strikes me as so prepreposterous it was instantly ineffective.)

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you! Oh wow, that really did make that statement null and void!

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  4. theipc says:

    I’ll probably still give this a shot some day when it’s out for free : )

    Good work!!!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you!

      Check it out. You may like it. As Mark said it isn’t for everyone. Evidently I was one of those it didn’t work for.

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  5. Hearing mixed things about this but looks like something I might enjoy. Nice write up Zoe 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Chris. Check it out, maybe it works for you! I just found it terribly bland.

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  6. chris2508 says:

    Great review. I don’t think I’ll be watching this one, sounds like I could spend my time watching better films.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks. In my opinion there are far better films to invest your time on!

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  7. nice review I didn’t like the film though, I guess in the end we all have love and love nots.

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  8. Tom says:

    Hmm….I’ve definitely heard many mixed things about this one. It sounds very limited and, like you said, tedious. I might still give it a go, I love Paul Rudd in virtually everything he does (well, okay. . .Wanderlust started to push it a bit 😛 ) and Emile Hirsche seems an interesting pairing with Rudd. But I consider myself fairly warned! Good review Zoe

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Tom. Well, check it out. You may very well like it more than I did. I have yet to see Wanderlust actually, but will look into it, Rudd is good. Hirsch and Rudd work well together.

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  9. table9mutant says:

    Omg – I never realized how much Hirsch looks like Jack Black!

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    1. Zoë says:

      … oh dear God you have ruined him for me forever.

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      1. table9mutant says:

        Hehe. I love Jack! But know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. 😉

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      2. Zoë says:

        … I actually almost replied with a… never mind I am going to. F*** no! I can’t stand him. My other half really likes him, but me? Nope.

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      3. table9mutant says:

        Hehe. But I love Tenacious D!!! 😉

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      4. Zoë says:

        Noooooooooooo!

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