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References (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 16 January 2010 (USA)
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A comedy/drama about friends in a small town. They stumble into a situation that no one has ever encountered, thus bringing about unfamiliar situations and a second guessing of each other's intentions.


Michael Jason Allen (original story & screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jason Allen ... Jesse
Joanna Ke ... Cora
Laura Durant ... Aunt Helen
Seth Gandrud ... Shane
Noelle Wheeler ... Gwen
David Aaron Himes David Aaron Himes ... Taxi Driver (as Dave Himes)
Deena Trudy ... Danyelle
Austin Nordell ... Bar Patron
Aneliese Heinz ... Tonya (as Aneliese Roettger)
Jose Rosete ... Fred
Machelle Glassburn Machelle Glassburn ... Mrs. Winters (as Machelle Pickens)
Laney Smith Laney Smith ... Marla
Cheridy Clement Cheridy Clement ... Jill
Brenna Kathleen Sakas Brenna Kathleen Sakas ... Tiff
Mandi Leigh Mandi Leigh ... Denise


When Marla receives a call that her Aunt Helen is ill, Marla decides to take a break from her redundant city life and head to the small town of North Lake to help her out. There, she meets Jesse Collins. After dating for a while, Marla begins to recognize Jesse's playboy reputation. Coupled with the interference of vindictive mean girl Cora (who is an ex-girlfriend of Jesse's), Marla puts a permanent hold on things. Jesse then tries to convince Marla that she's wrong about him and he only has good intentions towards her, so he throws out a desperate plea by giving her names of his ex-girlfriends as references. Attempting to clear his name, Marla now finds herself playing detective to find out "the real" Jesse. It is this unique plea that takes the story into a twist of emotional ups & downs... and a second guessing of intentions by all involved. After all is done, this town with "no strangers" will be changed forever. With its memorable soundtrack and unforgettable montages, this film... Written by Anonymous

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When you're desperate for real love, there's no better way to prove it... than to lay it all on the line!


Comedy | Romance


Not Rated

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Release Date:

16 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$205,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Is the first movie made by an Arizona based production company to release a full motion picture soundtrack album with a feature film. See more »


Marla: This town is weird to me. It's like Mayberry... with Rod Serling as mayor!
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A waste of time
17 March 2019 | by ronbokirkSee all my reviews

This movie has no direction, no story and no acting. I watched it for 30 minutes, and had to turn it off or throw up. I chose to turn it off.

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