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Prince Avalanche

By REBECCA JACOBSON
Alvin and Lance react differently to the great outdoors. For the prickly Alvin (Paul Rudd), the wilderness provides a cleansing experience. Party-animal Lance (a Jack Black-esque Emile Hirsch) is not so placid. “I get so horny out here in nature,” he says. “Don’t you?” It’s 1988, the year after a wildfire has swept through central Texas, and these two are dressed like Mario and Luigi, painting yellow divider lines along rural roads. David Gordon Green’s remake of the 2011 Icelandic film Either Way represents a move away from his more recent work—namely stoner comedy Pineapple Express—and back to his more minor-key, character-driven films. With an unhurried pace and quietly observing camera, Green charts the evolution of Alvin and Lance’s relationship as they move from adversarial workmates who bicker about “the equal time boombox agreement” to partners in loss who chug moonshine, paint muddy stripes on their faces and hurl traffic cones through the forest. It’s a gentle character study of two rudderless men, with flatulence jokes that would be at home in a bromance movie and undercurrents of a ghost story. Rudd and Hirsch have an easy, believable chemistry, but the best moments are those without dialogue: lovely shots of rain spattering on a pond thick with algae, a hawk flying over a stand of scorched trees, and a caterpillar creeping along a mossy branch, itself cutting a yellow line down an unfamiliar path.
 

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  • Release Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Critic's Score: B
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