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“The Long Dumb Road” Is A Fresh Take On A Road Trip Comedy

by BUST Magazine

The Long Dumb Road 
Co-written and directed by Hannah Fidell
Out November 16       

Generations collide in this road trip comedy directed and co-written by Hannah Fidell. The Long Dumb Road centers on Nat (Tony Revolori), a recent high-school grad making his way from Austin, TX, to L.A., to study photography. His journey takes an unexpected turn, however, when his beat-up old van won’t start. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Nat must accept help from Richard (Jason Mantzoukas), an impulsive, unreliable mechanic. Richard reveals that he, too, is hitting the open road. Specifically to Vegas, where he plans to take in all that Sin City has to offer. Nat views the coincidence as an opportunity to experience a part of life that he believes his middle-class upbringing sheltered him from. And just like that, two very unlikely people embark on a wild, alcohol-fueled adventure. 

Like a lot of road trip comedies, The Long Dumb Road falls prey to predictability. But what the film lacks in surprises, it makes up for with fresh jokes, engaging narrative, and solid performances from both its leads and an excellent supporting cast that includes Grace Gummer, Taissa Farmiga, and Ron Livingston. Basically, The Long Dumb Road is guaranteed to make you laugh. (4/5)

By Samantha Ladwig
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018  print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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