The Short History Of The Long Road:Special Edition
(Sabrina Carpenter, Maggie Siff, Steven Ogg, Rusty Schwimmer, Danny Trejo, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: Teenager Nola (Sabrina Carpenter) grew up living out of a van with her beloved father Clint (Steven Ogg), two nomads against the world. When tragedy strikes, Nola is confronted by the reality that life as an outsider may not be her only choice.
Blu-ray Verdict: Young Nola (Sabrina Carpenter) and her dad basically travel out west and live in their old VW van. He works odd jobs to earn some cash and he teaches his daughter the ways of life.
She was named after the city (New Orleans) and they hope to get there at some point. She never knew her mother who left when Nola was a baby and she hopes to someday track her down.
When things take a big turn and Nola finds herself alone with the van she has to make a whole new plan, including befriending an auto shop owner and working for him for a time to pay for towing and van repairs.
When she finds her mom she learns the whole story, she may have been abandoned but at least she was allowed to live. Striking out alone again she finds a traveling group of van owners, this might be her logical family.
This is mostly a quiet movie but a good character study. Indeed, myself and my partner had not heard of Sabrina Carpenter before this film, but she is actually really good in the role (all 5' 1" of her), and a very accomplished singer/songwriter too!
In closing, there are so many worthless movies with no meaning being made, so much wasted talent, and so I say, to everyone who made this film, keep making films with meaning and purpose because people need it more than they are willing to admit; and a legacy which someone leaves behind that changes lives is something money will never be able to buy.
There are many things in life that can be bought, but the people who have truly lived, they know the most valuable things have no price tag, and giving a young kid hope to live another day is worth far more than any big budget film with absolutely no heart and no message to bring hope for people who might also be going through a tough time. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
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