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Drunktown's Finest

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Strong empathy, messages in mature Native American drama.

Movie NR 2015 94 minutes
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DRUNKTOWN'S FINEST has some awkward, amateur moments here and there, mostly in some of the line readings and in some of the generic plot setups and payoffs. But writer-director Sydney Freeland (making in her feature debut) makes her passion deeply felt, and it's very refreshing to see the lives of Native Americans portrayed onscreen with such sympathy. It's easy to forgive the movie its shortcomings and tumble headfirst into the characters' lives.

The movie has a languid, hazy feel that allows for little moments spent with the characters, getting to know them. Bitsui, who had a supporting role on Breaking Bad, fares the best in his performance. Wilson has a lovely, fresh-faced innocence, and Moore -- who's transgender in real life -- brings an appealing combination of self-awareness and self-value to her role. Overall, it's a goodhearted movie that you want to root for.

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