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Winner of the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW and nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Rachael Harris, NATURAL SELECTION is a wonderfully irreverent indie comedy about a devoted Texas housewife who’s carefully ordered world is turned upside down when she sets out to find her husband’s long lost son.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 31
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Its creator clearly has talent. He simply lacked the resources to make the movie he envisioned.
Fresh: Credit Pickering's deft script for avoiding the usual cliched speed bumps, though sex and lies are on the menu.
Fresh: An engagingly offbeat comedy that respects its characters too much to push too hard for easy laughs, even when those characters risk making complete fools of themselves.
Fresh: In Harris' hands, Linda is guileless but believable, her smile so worn and wary that it almost hurts to see it.
I saw this movie first at the Chicago international Film Fest. And I swear, it was a truly affecting experience. Smart, funny, touching, and affecting. Rachel Harris is stunning. Totally takes you by surprise. She is worth every inch of this film. The last five minutes, is the best part of the whole experience. Waaaatch it. you'll thank yourself later.
The cold crassness is only skin deep.
Like the younger leading character, this film tries every means to scare away the soft-hearted: mountains of cursing, crass imagery, coarse depictions of our small-minded neighbours. But the emotional core of this film is so deeply gentle and satisfying that it would be a true shame to miss it. The climax reveals the filmmaker's abiding love for his protagonist and showers her and the audience with tender mercies and fulfilment. So, have a shot or two of your favourite poison and be patient. The warmth from the drink will soon be followed by the warmth our heroine will bring to your heart.
So much I'd like to say but I don't want to ruin it. Watch it. It's worth it.