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Highway (2001)

  Starring: Selma Blair, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto
Links: Highway on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"Those whacky Gen-Xers" - a review by pearly

Highway follows two guys who flee their small town and head for Seattle on the day that Kurt Cobain is sending a bullet through his head in 1994. Jack (Jared Leto) has been messing around with a rich guy's wife, who finds out, so he needs to leave town before his feet get broken. And Pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal), Jack's best friend, comes along for the ride.

With a bit of a who's who of up-and-coming "indie" stars, Highway begins with a bang, and doesn't really let up the whole way through. Leto most recently made a name for himself in Requiem for a Dream (2000), and Gyllenhaal seems to have popped onto my radar from nowhere, and is suddenly in just about every movie I come across. And then there's Selma Blair who's working her way into bigger and bigger roles.

Yeah, so it's an interesting ensemble to watch. There's a lot of energy in the performances. Essentially, Highway is a road movie, complete with stops along the way to sideshow-type attractions. And all the while, they're being chased by a couple of cronies.

One thing that struck me as odd was the portrayal of Gen-Xer hippies. Having lived through the "grunge movement" at the right kind of age, and being into that sort of thing (ahem), some of these characters didn't quite ring true. The ones dressed in black with the straggly hair seemed more appropriate (not enough corduroy though).

Not too sure why, but this seems to have gone direct to video. This isn't much of a compliment, but it deserved more than that. Some of it was a little done, but it was worth watching for the performances and, for me, the little trip down memory lane.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 11 Nov 2002

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Reader comments

  1. absolutely *fantastic* brilliant... road trip, mind trip? haven't been this entranced by a movie in ages, i was afraid to blink, in case i missed a single frame! wish we heard more about it?? actually maybe not... now it is like a secret i discovered... woudn't want it to get overcommercialised - you know what i mean??? after you watch it i guarantee you will say 'what the fuck?' and then you will watch it again... GREAT movie

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from tash on Tue 09 Sep 2003 08:24 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.00 (1 rating)

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