Not in wide release

Catch The Wendell Baker Story while it’s here in town and enjoy all those Austin locations. If the reviews are to be believed, this movie is not to everyone’s taste, but I liked the imdb comment in which the writer said, “I hope this doesn’t sound derogatory, the scenery in the film made me want to visit Texas for the first time ever.” It’s not a pretty movie; any beauty in it is that of Austin, mostly South Austin, including my own street, although there are other recognizable places (including the Four Seasons and the old power plant, complete with freight train in the background) and some nearby locations out of town. A friendly review in the New Yorker (NYC is one of the few places showing this movie) in passing calls Austin “the global center of slackerology.” I loved the Johnny Canales joke: “Jou got it!” The lighting’s not kind to any of the actors and parts of the direction and script leave a few things to be desired (there’s quite a bit of fortune-cookie philosophy), but I wouldn’t have missed this for the world. If for no other reason, see this picaresque for its many views of Austin, some already altered since filming in 2005. You will laugh.

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