Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. Canada/USA, 1999. HandMade Films, Paragon Entertainment Corporation. Screenplay by Shawn Thompson. Cinematography by Robert C. New. Produced by Jon Slan. Music by Carlos Lopes. Production Design by Marian Wihak. Costume Design by Resa McConaghy. Film Editing by Michael Pacek.
On a windy winter’s night, fumbling Gil Bellows finds himself in the twilight zone when he loses his wallet at a middle-of-nowhere gas station and has to hitch a ride with a hick to the nearest town and stay with his family until he can get to his rich fiancee’s house for dinner. While staying with the wacky family, he befriends and falls in love with their strange daughter (Parker Posey) and learns to acclimate his dull self to their off-kilter lifestyle. This kind of story should be a breeze, but thanks to the director’s focusing on the characters’ quirks instead of their humanity, the result is grating and never at all enjoyable. Performances are alright, but the characters are so unreasonable that the actors are left stranded by them.