‘Austin Found': Film Review

Linda Cardellini and Skeet Ulrich co-star in Will Raee’s Texas-set joke of media obsession.

The boundary of America’s celebrity-focused enlightenment are sorely tested in Austin Found, a amicable joke that unnervingly raises a stakes for achieving passing media fame. Will Raee’s underline wrings a few laughs from a stretched premise, though stays distant improved matched to short-attention camber formats than melodramatic play.

Former high propagandize cheerleader and promenade black Leanne (Linda Cardellini), now in her mid-30s, lives a composed life with her excellence days distant behind her. Her concentration now is given to her artless father Don (Jon Daly) and attempting to recapture some of her former luminary by coaching 11-year-old daughter Patty (Ursula Parker) by an unconstrained turn of beauty contests and talent shows. Frustrated by losing her legitimate place in Austin’s amicable stage and shabby by a solid tide of sensationalist news and daytime speak shows, Leanne hits on an brazen devise to feign Patty’s abduction and modify a successive media courtesy into a renewed bid for fame.

Knowing that her intrigue would never get Don’s approval, Leanne seeks out her former high-school beloved and ex-con Billy (Skeet Ulrich). Sensing a regretful fire rekindling, Billy recruits his aged jail friend Jebidiah (Craig Robinson) to support with snatching Patty and personally holding her during his country cabin outward of town. As Leanne exploits a endless media coverage of her daughter’s disappearance, she attracts a courtesy of her aged high propagandize opposition Nancy (Kristen Schaal), now a internal TV contributor who’s assured that Leanne has calculated a whole part and determines to publicly display her.

Brenna Graziano’s book relies distant some-more on trafficking in stereotypes than building relatable characters, radically sharpening a sleepy set of high-school rivalries by substituting grown-up stakes. As Leanne attempts to recover her queen-bee status, Billy focuses on reclaiming a super-popular lady he mislaid to an undeserving opposition while Nancy schemes to harm her former tormentor’s ongoing charade.

Patty and Jebidiah infer to be a usually remotely genuine characters, as they rise an astonishing bond during her enlarged captivity, joined by their sharpening disregard for Leanne’s selfishness. Catalyzed by crisis, Robinson’s demure abductor emerges as a sweetly trusting man-child who appears to be a usually one who can describe to Patty’s distress as a put-upon daughter of a fame-obsessed manifestation mom.

Parker some-more than binds her possess with a adult castmembers, raised a sap ignorance that amplifies a bias of Patty’s unjustifiable predicament. If she toned down a hysterics a bit, Cardellini competence seem a shade some-more sympathetic, though her consistent state of high stress improved suits a film’s lampooning spin. Schaal and Ulrich’s mostly one-note performances sojourn singular by their casting as adult versions of dull teenage types.

Raee’s underline would have benefitted from possibly a crook point on satirizing media-obsessed informative norms or a darker comedic viewpoint on a implications of child kidnapping. As it is, bursting a disproportion creates an mediocre impression.

Production companies: Caspian Pictures, Omega Point Films

Cast: Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Craig Robinson, Ursula Parker, Kristen Schaal, Patrick Warburton, Jon Daly, Matt Jones

Director: Will Raee

Screenwriter: Brenna Graziano

Producers: Mary Pat Bentel, Costanzo Media, Gary Ousdahl, Robert Ruggeri

Executive producers: Matt Carpenter, Edward Chavez, Rafael Chavez, Deric Margolis, Christopher John Richards, Marcus Stern, Tony Vitale, Suzanne Weinert

Director of photography: Ketil Dietrichson

Production designers: Wendy Samuels, Mark Tanner

Costume designer:  Dawn Ritz

Editors: Todd Desrosiers , Michael Pedraza, Will Raee, Jeff Seibenick

Music: Ryan Franks, Scott Nickoley

Casting director: Rich Delia

Venue: Dances With Films

 

Not rated, 95 minutes

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