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Desert Blue

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1 h 30 min1999R
When cable TV starlet Skye gets stuck in a tiny Californian town, the last thing she wants to do is get to know the eccentric local teens. When a mysterious chemical spill forces the FBI to put the town under quarantine Skye has no choice but to stay put. When she starts to fall in love with loner Blue she realizes she might not be in such a rush to get back to the big city after all.
Directors
Morgan J. Freeman
Starring
Casey AffleckBrendan Sexton IIIKate Hudson
Genres
ComedyDramaArthouse
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Christina RicciJohn HeardEthan SupleeSara GilbertIsidra VegaPeter Sarsgaard
Producers
Michael BurnsNadia LeonelliAndrea SperlingMarc ButanLeanna CreelKip Hagopian
Studio
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Rating
R (Restricted)
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3.8 out of 5 stars

135 global ratings

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  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
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byrondesignReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Indie Filmmaking At It's Finest
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Quirky and charming with a surprisingly deep soul, Desert Blue sneaks up on you. This is independent filmmaking at it's finest at the twilight of an era before digital cameras and Final Cut Pro forever changed (and flooded) the indie scene. Supported by an all-star cast before they were stars, Desert Blue is both a coming of age and nostalgia for a glorious past type of story. Not just the glorious past of the fictional California desert town of Baxter's gold mining days, but nostalgia for the days when a passionate writer and director and producer and crew and cast would venture out to an abandoned town with canisters of film and toil to create a visual experience that is equal part whimsical fantasy and an observation of the shared experience that makes up everyday life. The young, glamorous television actress Skye (Kate Hudson) is forcibly placed into a very small, nowhere desert town by her well intentioned, road tripping father (John Heard). Neither Skye nor the varied array of local townspeople want to be there. Events unfold and while reluctantly at first, the characters get a chance to spend time together, each seeing their worlds in a different way as they bond against the distrustful federal agents that have placed the town under quarantine. Desert Blue is not entirely free of some predictable story cliches, but the amazing cast, funky locations, and deft pacing make this one turn down a forgotten lonely highway in the middle of nowhere that is not to be missed.
9 people found this helpful
neaReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting coming of age movie out in the desert where there isn't much to do.
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I watched this with my son, we both enjoyed it. It has some rude language but then not anything you haven't already heard. And when it is used it seems rather appropriate to the situations. There isn't much that I watch that I can watch with my son, so it was nice. We used to watch movies together all the time when he was small. But in adult films mostly can't do it anymore because of the sex. Too awkward. But this although it does have suggestion and kissing it was fine. The ending left you wondering what was going to happen in the end, but then I guess you can use your imagination as to whether she stays, leave, or leaves and returns. The implication was for me that the Dad wanted to return also, so maybe they just might move back there, or come back and take Blue and his mom with them back to LA. After all Blue did really want to see the ocean. Good movie.
walterrhettReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb, Subtle Story Telling, Great Ensemble Acting, Rich Story Telling, and Contrasting Symbols of Hopes And Dreams
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An ensemble film; Fun, surprising, subtle, with a lighted-heart attack on the long minutes of destruction of action thrillers; here the various single booms are integral to the emotions, actions, values, and characters. The booms announce change in a place that never seems to change. The booms blow up the movie's ennui; the booms mirror and complement the expression of the kiss. I loved the rippling themes, too many too mention, that lie along and under the surface of this film, and its characters including the goth girl who is the sheriff's daughter living in the desert.
5 people found this helpful
Buddy1492Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not convincing
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There are a few sub plots and none of them are believable or make any sense. We're supposed to find it endearing that this dangerously disturbed girl goes around blowing stuff up. And we're supposed to believe that the FBI would just let her do it. An early effort from Kate Hudson. Her acting is so-so but she is attractive.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly explosive---just kidding.....a little
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Charming, funny, unconventional, and oddly delightful. The reason we like independent movies began with films like this. Cristina Ricci rocks the town with her wit and fire. Kate Hudson moves from snark to comrade. The rest of the town's characters shine in their own idiosyncratic ways. An enjoyable saunter in the desert for a Saturday night.
4 people found this helpful
HuntnladyReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dated, but overlooked gem
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There is a lot of content to these characters. Granted, they are juveniles, but many big-named actors put on a good show.
Rcoghill2Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rings true
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Saw this movie eons ago and just "rediscovered" it and loved it all over again. A wonderful little movie. I came from a remove little town (in Alaska) and so much rings true.
6 people found this helpful
Keriann RomanReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good premise, great cast, bad movie
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The well-known actors/actresses in this flick are its only redeeming quality. I love a good low budget film but this is just not good. And the FBI involvement is just over the top and ridiculous. I really wanted to like this.
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