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Gas Food Lodging

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Gas Food Lodging

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Brooke Adams, Fairuza Balk, Ione Skye, James Brolin, Jacob Vargas
director:
Allison Anders
genre:
Comedy, Romance, Drama

We gave it an A-

Nora (Brooke Adams) is a harried truck-stop waitress with her hands full: One daughter (Fairuza Balk) watches drippily romantic Mexican movies and tries to set Mom up with men, and another (Ione Skye) is hormonally agitated and majoring in disagreeableness. Writer-director Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging is charismatic and true (if a shade too sentimental), catching family frictions and private paper cuts with disarming accuracy. The performers, including James Brolin as the girls’ mess-up of a father and Donovan Leitch as the terrified object of Balk’s adolescent affections, are everything the characters demand and the viewer would want. A-

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