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High Road (Blu-ray Review)

4 Mar, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Street 3/6/12
$28.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for pervasive language, sexual references and drug content.
Stars Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliot, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Zach Woods, James Pumphrey, Joe Lo Truglio.

Don’t let the title and the box art of High Road fool you into thinking it’s just another low-budget stoner movie.

This hilarious indie comedy is a hidden gem, with an effective mix of comic veterans and newcomers, and a sense of humor along the lines of The Hangover and Judd Apatow comedies.

The story centers on Fitz (James Pumphrey), whose life has begun to tailspin. His bandmates quit the band to pursue other opportunities, and he starts to think the cops are onto his selling weed. Looking to hide out for a while, he heads north to stay with his estranged father, a cross-dressing bar owner.

But one of his customers, teenage Jimmy, hitches a ride. Jimmy convinces Fitz to take him to his mother’s to get away from a father who beats him — none of which is true.

Meanwhile, Jimmy’s dad (Rob Riggle) and his friend, Officer Fogerty (Joe Lo Truglio), are hot on Fitz and Jimmy’s trail, thinking that Fitz may possibly be a psycho child-molesting murderer who has kidnapped Jimmy. Fogerty, by the way, isn’t a real cop; he runs a police gym.

Also following Fitz and Jimmy is Fitz’s pregnant girlfriend, Monica (Abby Elliot), who is frustrated by the advances of her flirtatious, married boss, Barry (Ed Helms).

In between all this are a brash hooker, a doctor (Horatio Sanz) suspicious of the travelling pair and a couple who play as a White Stripes cover band.

The dialogue is witty and the storyline original, and what makes the film all the more impressive is that it is a completely improvised script. Pretty darn good for first-time feature film director and writer Matt Walsh, best known as a comic actor.

Extras include funny interviews with the cast and crew.

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