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Meek's Cutoff

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lyrical Western is OK for kids ... if they're interested.

Movie PG 2011 104 minutes
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The movie gives thoughtful viewers plenty to ponder, and plenty of situations in the story have two right answers, but no definitive one. This is probably Reichardt's biggest movie, with her brightest cast yet, and she gets some fine performances with her intelligent dialogue. The scenery is exquisite, even as it's harsh. It's not the witty, violent, suspenseful Western that True Grit was, but it's a small, pointed poem and very much worth the trouble.

Kelly Reichardt is definitely a director focused on mood rather than plot. Her movie Old Joy (2006) was about two friends who go on a camping trip, while Wendy and Lucy (2008) was about a young woman searching for her lost dog. Both movies have many long stretches in which seemingly "nothing" happens, and that's also the case with MEEK'S CUTOFF. The travelers keep moving, and they keep searching for water, but the ultimate point of the movie isn't about finding water -- it's about the different sides of any story and how nothing is fixed or definite.

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