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Based on a novel by Richard Peck called Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, Allison Anders's melodramatic coming-of-age tale Gas Food Lodging takes place in Laramie, NM, a small town right off the highway. Nora Brooke Adams is a truck-stop waitress who lives in a trailer park with her two teenaged daughters, Trudi Ione Skye and Shade Fairuza Balk. While Trudi sleeps around and defies her mother, Shade spends her time at the local cinema and wishes she could have a dad like a normal family. One day, Trudi hooks up with ...
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Overview

Based on a novel by Richard Peck called Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, Allison Anders's melodramatic coming-of-age tale Gas Food Lodging takes place in Laramie, NM, a small town right off the highway. Nora Brooke Adams is a truck-stop waitress who lives in a trailer park with her two teenaged daughters, Trudi Ione Skye and Shade Fairuza Balk. While Trudi sleeps around and defies her mother, Shade spends her time at the local cinema and wishes she could have a dad like a normal family. One day, Trudi hooks up with a visiting geologist Robert Knepper and spends a magical evening in a cave with him. However, he turns up missing and Trudi finds herself pregnant. Meanwhile, Shade's romantic advances are rejected by Darius Donovan Leitch, but she finds something new with film projectionist Javier Jacob Vargas. Shade's attempts at finding a husband for her mom are unsuccessful, but Nora ends up meeting satellite TV installation man Hamlet Humphrey David Lansbury. Features a cameo appearance from Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis, who also wrote the original music.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Gas Food Lodging tells a very simple story about a family that could live off the exit ramp of just about any highway in America. Narrated by Shade (Fairuza Balk), its works well as an lighthearted slice-of-life movie about a teenager stuck in a stifling small town with relatively no means of escape. The characters are all well realized, with the relationship between mother Nora (Brooke Adams) and daughter Trudi (Ione Skye) especially true to life. While some of the acting comes off as amateurish, the dingy desert settings and kitchen-sink realism almost makes up for it. There is nothing new here as far as story goes, just a believable drama dealing with issues of divorce, pregnancy, and basic small-town survival. Anders throws in a few bits of fun with the fictional Elvia Rivero (Nina Belanger) films, which are the overly dramatic black-and-white Mexican movies Shade goes to see to detach herself from the boring daily life of Laramie. James Brolin also makes a notable appearance as Shade's real father, convincingly portraying a rugged cowboy's meager attempts at parenting. Best appreciated by teenagers, Gas Food Lodging lovingly captures plain existence and succeeds as a plausible domestic melodrama.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • UPC: 043396399365
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,668

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brooke Adams Nora
Ione Skye Trudi
Fairuza Balk Shade
James Brolin John Evans
Robert Knepper Dank
David Landsbury Hamlet Humphrey
Chris Mulkey Raymond
Donovan Leitch Darius
Jacob Vargas Javier
Laurie O'brien Thelma
Julie Condra Tanya
Adam Biesk Brett
Leigh Hamilton Kim
Diane Behrens Hostess
J Mascis Cecil
Tiffany Anders Persi
Sissy Boyd Rocio
Jeff McDonald Long Haired Boy
Bill Kemp Jock
Graci Lund Girl
Shirley Smith Bubbly Mother
George Parker Trucker
Jeff Miller Rock Boy
Technical Credits
Allison Anders Director, Screenwriter
Susan Bertram Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew J. Clark Asst. Director
Carl-Jan Colpaert Producer
Lisa Denker Art Director
William Ewart Producer
Tracy S. Granger Editor
Daniel Hassid Producer
Christoph Henkel Producer
Dean Lent Cinematographer
J Mascis Score Composer
Mary Meeks Set Decoration/Design
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Carla Weber Art Director
Seth M. Willenson Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a cold slice of life

    harsh, truthful, beautifully shot - a stunning movie

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