Free Samples

Free Samples

Director: Jay Gammill, Jess Weixler, Halley Feiffer, Jesse Eisenberg

Cast: Jay Gammill, Jess Weixler, Halley Feiffer, Jesse Eisenberg

     
 
Jillian (Jess Weixler), a sardonic, bitter, verbose, hungover, law-school dropout, has a really bad day working on an ice-cream food truck as a favor to a friend. She treats her bizarre customers with the utter lack of respect she thinks they deserve, but the day turns out to be an important one for her as an old relationship comes

Overview

Jillian (Jess Weixler), a sardonic, bitter, verbose, hungover, law-school dropout, has a really bad day working on an ice-cream food truck as a favor to a friend. She treats her bizarre customers with the utter lack of respect she thinks they deserve, but the day turns out to be an important one for her as an old relationship comes crashing down, while another one might just be starting up. Jesse Eisenberg and Tippi Hedren co-star in this indie comedy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With its tale of a hyper-articulate twentysomething at a crossroads in life being forced to work for a day as a lowly salesperson, Jay Gammill's debut feature Free Samples plays an awful lot like a female-centric version of Kevin Smith's seminal indie hit Clerks. Jess Weixler stars as Jillian, a harshly sardonic, overeducated law-school dropout who must spend a hungover day working in an ice-cream truck that prominently displays a sign giving the film its title. She passes the shift firing off witheringly dismissive abuse at the many customers who demand their free treats, trying to sort out the seemingly unhealthy relationship she has with her current boyfriend, and fending off the advances of a potential new beau named Tex (Jesse Eisenberg) -- and yes, having the decidedly uncowboy-like Eisenberg play a man named Tex is one of the funniest jokes in the movie. Weixler is fairly impressive. She's in every scene of the film, and while she never shies away from making Jillian as unlikable as possible, we never turn on her completely. By the end, the movie displays a little bit of heart, and it's rather amazing we still want things to work out for a person so purposefully unpleasant. Jim Beggarly's script doesn't break any new ground, and his one-liners aren't as instantly quotable as Smith's, but he does treat his characters with respect -- as shown late in the picture in a wonderful cameo by Tippi Hedren as an elderly customer who finally breaks through Jillian's wall of cynicism -- even when the protagonist doesn't have respect for anybody. The acting is solid all around. In addition to Weixler and Hedren, Jason Ritter has an amusing scene as a friend who ends up being pressed into service behind the counter of the ice-cream truck while pantsless, and Eisenberg is genuinely charming as Tex. His three scenes with Weixler are interesting because she is playing the part we generally associate with Eisenberg -- the smugly superior know-it-all -- while he gets to be a nice, normal guy. Free Samples is a lo-fi film all the way. It looks like it was made as inexpensively as possible, but the scale of the story fits the low-budget vibe perfectly. It's a minor movie that showcases a talented young actress, and proves Gammill is good enough with actors that he should get a shot at bigger stars and bigger budgets if he wants them.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
UPC:
0013132609652
Original Release:
2012
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
49,229

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jess Weixler Jillian
Halley Feiffer Nancy
Jesse Eisenberg Tex
Jason Ritter Wally
Tippi Hedren Betty
Keir O'Donnell Danny
Jocelin Donahue Paula
Whitney Able Dana
Wendy Shapero Homeless Stacy
Jennifer June Ross Penny
Jordan Davis Peter
Matt Walsh Mr. Hightower
Suzy Nakamura Neighbor
Joseph McKelheer Richard Swinger
Madison Leisle Anna
Eben Kostbar Matthew
Cory Knauf Noah
Anthony Traina Adam
Joe Nunez Yani Perez
James Duval Antonio
John Rosenfeld Joe
Choice Skinner Larry
Craig Gellis Steel
Montre Burton Mr. Vanilla
Johari Powell Joel
Angel Parker Joel's Mother
Jeff Sloniker Harvy
Tanner Vale Twin Robby
Taylor Vale Twin Bobby
Barrett Shuler Tommy
Abigail McFarlane Patricia

Technical Credits
Jay Gammill Director,Co-producer,Editor
Jim Beggarly Co-producer,Screenwriter
Josh Bissett Sound Mixer
Eric Elbogen Score Composer
Jeffrey Givens Production Designer
Sarah Goer Associate Producer
Kevin Iwashina Executive Producer
Cory Knauf Co-producer
Eben Kostbar Producer
Joseph McKelheer Producer
Reed Dawson Morano Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Nick Mystrom Executive Producer
Franklin Peterson Editor
Michael Potts Executive Producer
Alisha Silverstein Costumes/Costume Designer
Travis Stevens Associate Producer
John Vanover Asst. Director
Julie Ziah Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Free Samples
1. Main Titles [6:12]
2. Training Session [5:48]
3. Buy Me Some Coffee [5:10]
4. Peter Stops By [9:35]
5. Wally Living the Dream [8:34]
6. "Tex" Stops By [10:24]
7. Chatting With Betty [9:17]
8. Friend From Stanford [4:25]
9. News From Daniel [7:15]
10. Someone to Talk to [6:47]
11. Dinner With "Tex" [3:26]
12. End Credits [2:46]

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