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Free Samples (2012)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 20 April 2012 (USA)
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A Stanford law-school dropout named Jillian escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and on the day of her college boyfriend's birthday, she... See full summary »

Director:

Jay Gammill

Writer:

Jim Beggarly

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Weixler ... Jillian
Jesse Eisenberg ... Tex
Halley Feiffer ... Nancy
Jason Ritter ... Wally
Jeff Sloniker Jeff Sloniker ... Harvy
Tanner Vale Tanner Vale ... Twin Robby
Taylor Vale Taylor Vale ... Twin Bobby
Wendy Shapero ... Homeless Stacy
Abigail McFarlane ... Patricia
Johari Powell Johari Powell ... Joel
Angel Parker ... Joel's Mother
Jordan Davis Jordan Davis ... Peter
Barrett Shuler ... Tommy
Choice Skinner ... Larry
John Rosenfeld ... Joe
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A Stanford law-school dropout named Jillian escapes to the anonymity of Los Angeles to figure out what she wants to do with her life, and on the day of her college boyfriend's birthday, she finds herself stuck running an ice cream truck fending off locals and oddball friends alike. This one day spent in a truck on the streets of Los Angeles will wake Jillian from her aimless daze and make her see that life doesn't stop just because you want it to. Written by Jay Gammill

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Ever have one of those years?

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Searching for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Filmed in 13 days in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the driver's side window of the ice cream truck as Jillian repeatedly drives forward & backward (approx. 35 minute mark). See more »

Quotes

Betty: There was a time in my life when it was just a joy to wake up every morning and run to the mirror.
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Tiny Push
Written and Performed by Kevin W. Buchholz and Jessie Shapiro
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Unexpectedly charming and fun
30 September 2012 | by ethanstraffinSee all my reviews

Based in part on a worryingly low IMDb rating, I went into "Free Samples" with some hesitance, but to my surprise it ended up as the highlight of the Palo Alto International Film Festival for me in terms of sheer entertainment value. It reminded me a great deal of a Sundance favorite from a few years back, "Smiley Face" with Anna Faris, due both to its snarky but ultimately sweet sense of humor and the wonderfully expressive and funny things that lead actress Jess Weixler is able to so with her face and her delivery. It's the kind of quirky -- I think one may in fact be required by law to use that word when reviewing films like this -- comedy about not all that much that understandably will rub some viewers the wrong way, but it's executed with so much giddy confidence (especially for a first feature) that it had me from the first minute and held onto me for all of the rest. Director Jay Gammill mentioned at the Q&A that he's currently working on a second feature with the same screenwriter. I'm looking forward to it.


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