Bravetown

Bravetown

DVD - 2015
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Josh is a New York DJ who spends his nights partying in the city's exclusive clubs. After an accidental drug overdose he is sentenced to spend a year with his dad in small town Paragon, North Dakota. When he meets Mary, she shows him this small town has more to offer than he could have ever expected.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Phase 4 Films, c2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Sep 19, 2015

Critics called this coming-out-of-age, flag-waving or fish-out-of-water tale because it touched on all sorts of social issues especially on the ultimate losses suffered by veteran families. But unlike those films that bombard viewers with a fire hose of unrelated concerns, this film flowed smoothly in its entirety; the acting and message were never overbearing. A very enjoyable family film.

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Josh is a lost soul with an extraordinary musical talent set on a journey to encounter what he was least expecting but undoubtedly needed most. Feeling like it's him against the world at first, his path is crossed by many people looking for their own fate, that in the end, his presence in their lives turns out to be of extraordinary importance.
- Written by Oscar Torres and Daniel Duran

teddypawz Jun 30, 2015

This was along the lines of "Step Up" the movie, mix in a family's loss due to the Iraq war and you have "Bravetown". I found it to be a good movie. 3-1/2 stars

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Sep 19, 2015

Al: You know what, change is tough, kid. It's... it's tough, but it's necessary, you know?
Josh: Not this.
Al: What do you mean, "Not this"?
Josh: Not thi... me being here is completely unnecessary.
Al: What if your being here is necessary for others?
Josh: You learn that at shrink community college? What does that even mean? I'm not here for anybody else, man.
Al: Yeah, well, maybe that's your problem. Maybe you should be here for other people.
Josh: Look, nobody's ever been there for me. Why would I be there for anybody else?

Mary: Everyone in town has lost someone to some war somewhere. It's towns like ours that the government gets most of their soldiers.

Josh: How'd you end up at this dead-end place, then? Commit a crime and this is your punishment?
Al: Yeah. Yeah, something like that.

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Sep 19, 2015

Josh: I used to watch my friends' parents cook them food, brush their hair, take them to school. And I figured, you know, they were good kids. They got that, they deserved it.
Al: Wh... and you weren't a good kid? You didn't deserve it?
Josh: I got kicked out of schools left and right. I got into fights everywhere. I started using drugs young, shit like that, man.
Al: Josh, it isn't your fault. Kids born with messed-up parents, it's never their fault.

Al to Josh: Come on, kid. Be smarter than your pain. If you stand a chance at loving anybody out there, you have got to let them in.
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Josh: Yeah, well, if helping out a town that's beyond help is caring about people, I pass.

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