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LAFF Review: Passenger Side

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A missed opportunity. | Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Film Festival

One of the reasons I expect that I will never tire of going to the movies is that even when you think you know what you are going to get, you can still be surprised. I remember being dragged to see Galaxy Quest at the Cinerama Dome. Honestly, the only reason I went was because it was at the Cinerama Dome -- one of the great movie theaters on the planet. As for the film, I expected nothing. I mean, after all, it starred Tim Allen! Tim Allen? Pass. Naturally, I ended up loving the film and have seen it at least twenty times since.

Of course, surprises aren't always positive. When I originally saw the schedule for the Los Angeles Film Festival, Passenger Side was one of the films that stuck out as a must-see. For me at least, it had everything going for it: it was a cheap indie with an open-ended premise that offered numerous story directions and, most importantly, it starred one of my favorite lesser-known actors, Adam Scott. As I sat in the Regent waiting for it to start, I was honestly excited. Unfortunately, that excitement ended almost instantly.