Adopt A Highway

Adopt A Highway

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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Russ Millings has just been released from prison after serving 21 years for a third strike conviction for possessing an ounce of marijuana. As he tries to adapt to a world he doesn't recognize, including trying to learn how to use the internet, he finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster behind the fast-food restaurant where he works as a dishwasher. Unsure of what to do, and caught between impulses of kindness and panic, Russ soon realizes this could be his chance at redemption.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD : RLJ Entertainment, [2019]
Call Number: BLU F ADOP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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knobbyknees69
Jun 27, 2020

With a "non rating" I was hesitant, but requested it. I stopped about 20 minutes in. No star rating from me.

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21221018293347
Mar 07, 2020

I was unsure what the movie would be like when borrowing it. It was too slow and I did not finish it.

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Ace4aDay
Mar 04, 2020

Not bad. Very short, and at times a bit slow. Ethan Hawke does a fine job of portraying an ex-con suddenly dropped into the, at times, overwhelming world of internet and smart phones.

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jimg2000
Feb 20, 2020

My immediate sense is that the film's main theme is relevant to its title which is also shown on a roadside sign before the Hollywood ending. With that said, an interesting drama with its central enigmatic theme and other dense social issues.

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In_tr_aktr1Nstpaul
Feb 17, 2020

Logan Marshall-Green excell's in this his directorial debut and Hawke gives a once again brilliant performance but I was hoping for an ending that was less predictable and more believable than the one I got. Also, I had to watch the first five minutes of credits again in order to understand the title of this film. Aside from that, I loved it.

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graybear3
Feb 02, 2020

Normally we really like Ethan Hawke, but not in this movie. He played his role as though the character was "mentally slow". The synopsis of the film is misleading too. It sounded to me as though this might be similar a 1993 film "Ethan Frome" (from an even older novel by Edith Wharton). It's not. The found baby actually is a very small part of the movie. This film meanders and doesn't really grasp onto anything until the end. It was very disappointing to us.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 27, 2020

The story line is kind of fragmented, but if I am to find a main theme of this film it would be the unconditional love of a father for his son. Ethan Hawke carried this film on his shoulder, basically alone. Not a film you get excited about but it is watchable for some of the subplots.

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rthomas0
Dec 28, 2019

6.1

JCLIanH Oct 30, 2019

Starts off as a promising look at the draconian "three strikes" laws that put minor offenders in prison for decades, and Ethan Hawke continues crushing it on his late-career renaissance, but as soon as he finds the baby in the dumpster the script goes from grounded social drama to having a character act like a complete idiot for the sake of advancing the plot. A couple more drafts could have fixed things, because there is a solid redemption story buried here and the ending is great, but the film is broken and bafflingly goofy in its current form. I did really dig Jason Isbell's score though. It's moody, and often overpowering in a way that gives some of the scenes a really cool vibe.

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jimg2000
Feb 20, 2020

PRESIDENT CLINTON: And those who commit crimes should be punished,
and those who commit repeated violent crimes should be told, "When you commit a third violent crime, you will be put away and put away for good. Three strikes, and you are out."
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So you think you should lock somebody up potentially for a life sentence or 25 years to life because they smoked a little weed?
- but three strikes is three strikes.
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You did 20 years in prison for dealing drugs? Well, how many pounds
were you slinging?
-An ounce. Of pot.
Shut the fuck up. You are literally fucking me right now.
-I'm not literally fucking you. I'm not.
Well, then how the... Wh... What? You're not black.

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jimg2000
Feb 20, 2020

The world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both
light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
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It's perfectly normal for an experience like this to be traumatic. And not just for her but for you as well. You're both victims.
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Where are you from?
- Well, Casper, Wyoming.
No. No. Nobody is from Casper.
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And the sign reads:

ADOPT A HIGHWAY

LITTER CONTROL
NEXT 2 MILES

BRIGHT HOLLOW JR HIGH
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You will only ever be my boy... the guy I found in your mother's arms that November afternoon. You were the happiest guy. The guy who shared everything with everyone. The guy who taught me how to love.
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Your mother used to say, "Once in a while, it hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to." Ha ha!
Smartest girl I ever met. I love you, son. That can't change the past, but the past can't change that. I love you like a wolf loves the moon.

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