A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Spending time alone to "find yourself" sometimes means that your worst habits become more ingrained. Alvin tries to better himself by communing solo in the woods, but he doesn't start to grow until he starts to see himself through the eyes of his coworker, Lance.
Positive Role Models
Alvin and Lance are very normal guys, trying to be decent yet also quite irritating. They're forced to spend a lot of time alone together, and while they clearly aren't good friends, they do bond in a way that feels very realistic.
Violence & Scariness
Two men get into a contentious argument that leads to pushing and shoving.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men discuss sex, lust, and desire; some crude/crass references to women. One scene suggests that a man is masturbating in bed under the sheets.
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Language includes "t-ts," "p---y," "screwed," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few scenes show people smoking cigarettes and cigars, as well as drinking beer and some harder liquor. Two grown men get pretty wasted and spend an afternoon alone in the woods acting quite silly. One guy talks about having a stash of prescription medication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prince Avalanche is an introspective look at two very real characters spending a summer alone together repairing a remote road that was damaged in a forest fire. Alvin (Paul Rudd) is arrogant and irritating, and he clearly feels superior to his partner, Lance (Emile Hirsh), whose main goal is meeting girls during his weekends in town. Expect some crude and crass talk about women and sex, a scene of implied masturbation (under sheets), some swearing ("p---y" is the worst of it), a few scenes with smoking, and one long sequence in which the main characters spend an afternoon getting sloppy drunk. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
PRINCE AVALANCHE is a quiet film; not a lot happens, and not a lot needs to happen. Alvin and Lance paint one yellow line after another on a road that seems to go on forever. They bicker, they seethe, they don't really make up. The next day they do it again. Yet they also start to grow on each other.
The audience also starts to see actual characters emerge, and the actors do a fine job of making Alvin and Lance into full-fledged human beings rather than caricatures. We don't necessarily come to like them, but, perhaps more importantly, we understand who they are. That understanding engenders sympathy for them and is what give the film its heart. The film may not be the most thrilling, but its authenticity hits the spot.
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