Passenger Side Review

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Two brothers, struggling writer Michael (Scott) and recovering addict Tobey (Bissonnette), embark on a trawl of LA on the hunt for an elusive dream.


This film is bloody lovely. Talk about making a virtue of your limitations: it’s a road movie set almost within one city, a romance where the love interest is off-screen and a moving family drama with no scenery-chewing showdown. What it has in spades is smart talk and tattered beauty, as a tainted, sarcastic writer (Adam Scott) is guilted into driving his addict brother (Joel Bissonnette) around Southern California. Are they chasing drugs, or a dream? An assortment of oddballs are encountered, but the surprise is that this curious, hilarious journey has a satisfying destination. The faded hope of LA is perfectly captured, as is a depth of sibling love and resentment, with excellent performances, big laughs and emotional truth. All this, and the best amputation joke ever.

A joy from start to finish. Bissonnette has crafted a unique, funny indie.