Monday, September 05, 2011

Lebanon, PA (Movie Review)

Lebanon, PA is a well executed mediation on the value and benefits of living in the big city versus a small town in contemporary America.

Will is a mid-career ad professional from Philadelphia who returns to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. As he closes out his father's affairs and spends some time in Lebanon, he discovers to his surprise that the small town life suits and soothes him. He discovers the simple pleasure of mowing a lawn, begins a romantic affair with a local, and questions whether he can live in a small town like Lebanon permanently.

Lebanon, PA was an interesting film and I enjoyed the performances and attempt at a nuanced, non-judgmental portrayal of the cultural divide in America.

In summary: give this indie movie a chance.

My rating: three stars (out of four).

You can learn more about the film at the Lebanon, PA movie website or on Twitter @lebanonpa_movie, and watch the theatrical trailer at http://youtu.be/mulTye9gsFk.

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