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Prince Avalanche (2013)



Critic Consensus: A step back in the right direction for director David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche shambles amiably along with a pair of artfully low-key performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

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Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. -- (C) Magnolia Pictures

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Paul Rudd
as Alvin
Lance Le Gault
as Truck Driver
Gina Grande
as Madison
Lynn Shelton
as Voice of Madison
Larry Kretschmar
as Lumberjack
Enoch Moon
as Lumberjack
Danni Wolcott
as Lumberjack
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Critic Reviews for Prince Avalanche

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (44)

There's almost no plot and just two other minor characters but Prince Avalanche is a haunting, eccentric and ultimately touching little curio.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This isn't a film; it's a one-act high-school play. Feel free to leave Prince Avalanche flailing in the wilderness.

January 9, 2017 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

The journey taken by Alvin and Lance has few plot points, but the film is remarkably gripping and rich.

November 4, 2013 | Full Review…

A patience-testing two-hander about a pair of bickering oddballs spending an irritable summer painting traffic lines in the middle of fire-ravaged woodland.

October 21, 2013 | Full Review…

David Gordon Green returns to serious filmmaking with this Waiting for Godot for the All Tomorrow's Parties set.

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cute, but thin.

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prince Avalanche

An enjoyable blend of funny and melancholy that benefits from Green's solid direction and strong performances by Rudd and Hirsch, even if it feels a bit vague and purposely enigmatic as its title, with the dialogue also becoming artificial after a certain hip accident scene.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Cinematography was beautiful and the story seemed like it was going to be touching, but it never really all came together. Ended up feeling kind of incomplete.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

Alvin: True love is like a ghost- people talk about it, but very few have seen it. Prince Avalanche is a return to roots for David Gordon Green. It takes him back to the quiet, indie type of filmmaking that got him started with a movie like George Washington. It has no real beginning and no real ending, and it definitely isn't for everyone. It's a completely different type of film then the comedies he's been making like Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter, and it shows is versatility as a filmmaker. Two guys, Alvin and Lance are working on an isolated highway away from any town during the summer of 1988. They're painting the lines on a road that had been destroyed, along with many houses during a major wildfire in Texas. The two are very different, but they begin to kindle a friendship as they help each other through tough moments of their lives. This is a movie that many will think is boring, pointless filmmaking, but if you are like me, and enjoy these subtle, performance driven movies, then it's worth a look. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch give good performances, and for the most part are the only people on screen. In the end, I never feel in love with the film, but it was one I enjoyed for the most part. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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