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Highway (2002)
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by Natasha Theobald

"Destination: Bemused Bewilderment?"
3 stars

I think this movie is supposed to be funny. There are funny people in it. Amusing things happen. But I don't actually remember laughing.

Highway is the story of Jack and Pilot, two friends who have grown up together in the desert outside Las Vegas. They live in trailers right next door to each other, near absolutely nothing else. Pilot is a drug dealer, but we like him. He seems as sweet as a guy selling drugs to kids around town could be. Jack is playing pool boy to Jilly Miranda, wife of a local mobster. He's not doing it because he likes it. He actually yawns mid-coitus. He's doing it to stir things up in his drab existence. Consider them stirred.

When Mr. Miranda interrupts Jack and his wife, he has a gun and is in a bad mood. Jack gets away, but he knows that he will be followed. They want to break his feet, which, according to this movie, is especially heinous. One with two broken feet cannot stand or even ride in a wheelchair. It has something to do with blood flow.

Jack rounds up Pilot and heads for the exit, stopping only to stock up on product to sell and use. They also make a stop at the local whorehouse, where the girls are paraded out minus shoes that have been stolen by a disgruntled, former employee. Jack doesn't pay for sex; Pilot has no rules regarding compensation.

Along the road, the two meet colorful characters and invite them into their adventure. Cassie is a hitchhiker they protect from a harassing ride-giver. Johnny the Fox is a drug dealer with whom Pilot swaps business tips and dances around a cemetery. There also is an alligator boy.

The friendship between Jack and Pilot is the best reason to watch the movie, I guess. The filmmakers want us to believe they really care about each other in a sincere, yet cheesy, way. In fact, at one point I thought one of them was in love with the other, but it turns out that they are hetero-life partners a la Jay and Silent Bob. They do these little "pop quizzes," which at first made me think of Speed. Really they are these mini-Socratic dialogues, which is obviously really overstating it, to get them from point A to point B in their minds. It's corny, but I guess it is supposed to illustrate their closeness.

The fact that this group ends up in Seattle for Kurt Cobain's vigil is completely incidental to the movie. This is about a road trip, not about a destination. That is another movie.

Jared Leto plays Jack. He really seems to fight being put into the pretty-boy, leading man box with his choices. But he is pretty. He does the leading man bit here by getting the girl, but, other than that, he goes his own way. To his credit, Jack will remind you of at least one guy you knew in high school.

Who doesn't love Jake Gyllenhaal? He plays Pilot, a drug dealer with a good heart and good intentions. We see him jealous. We see him with a broken heart. We see him delirious on drugs. We believe everything we see.

Selma Blair looks really beautiful in this, but Cassie isn't given much to do. John C. McGinley is weird and wild as Johnny the Fox. Jeremy Piven is in the movie for about ten minutes, and, during every one of them, I was wondering why I don't see him in bigger and better parts. He is adorable and hilarious. When will the world (i.e. casting directors) see this?

Highway has trouble figuring out its tone and intention. But, the people are likable, and you may feel entertained.

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originally posted: 07/13/02 22:08:36
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User Comments

2/17/10 yeaaaa watch it twice. re-evaluate. there is some good shit at the end 4 stars
1/20/09 mikayla Jake was fuken hot in this movie.- loved it - best actor ever 5 stars
9/24/08 Me awesome 5 stars
11/08/07 bob loved it. it broke my feet. 5 stars
8/17/04 Destroy This Movie Crap Movie Me Thinks 1 stars
8/08/04 Stacy An odd movie...a little too much sex, but actually got my attention somewhere in the middle 4 stars
7/26/04 Shannon Unusually bad 2 stars
3/10/04 Goofy Maxwell wanders & meanders...squanders it's talented cast w/ inanity. 3 stars
9/26/03 Chlo (Mrs. Jake Gyllenhaal) Hmmm, Jake, this isn't one of your best films, the sex scenes were just...weird 3 stars
7/12/03 Joe Best movie ever 5 stars
6/03/03 mee GREAT JARED LETO ROCK 5 stars
4/02/02 Ed Doerr Hellsapopin energy; some unexplained plot developments undermine potentially strong story 3 stars
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  26-Mar-2002 (R)



Directed by
  James Cox

Written by
  Scott Rosenberg

  Jared Leto
  John C. McGinley
  Jake Gyllenhaal
  Jeremy Piven
  Selma Blair
  Danny Comden

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