Before I even began watching this film it had two great things going for it, number one would definitely be that Quentin Tarantino Executive Produced this film. The second thing that this film had going for it was that Johnny Knoxville was the lead actor in this film, so naturally I had to have this film. The film its self is from first time writer/director Katrina Holden Bronson and I for one think she did a masterful job with this film. Her Direction and vision for this film was masterful, and film was also extremely well written with vibrant 3 dimensional characters that seem to just stay on your mind long after the film is over.
The story follows Daltry Calhoun as he is kicked out of his aunt's house for being a lazy slacker that sells drugs, all the way to being a successful businessman who own his own company. When he was kicked out of the house he left his girlfriend and daughter behind, which ended up being something he regretted for the rest of his life as he tried to find later when he became successful in the grass seed business. Years later he would get his wish when the two showed up in the town he was staying in and surprised him. It turns out that his ex [May] was dying and wanted Daltry to take care of his daughter June. Daltry though shocked happily took over and started to get to know his girl, but obstacles laid in the way. His company was going down hill, he had a some what of a romantic relationship going on with a storeowner named Flora, and his yard he wanted to turn into a golf course was growing oddly shaped things. So Daltry faced all challenges head on, and eventually conquered each.
If there ever was a performance that Johnny Knoxville deserved an award for it was with this one. His performance in this film only helps to further this mans career into more diverse roles. The scenes he shines in particular in all involve him and Sophie Traub, and Elizabeth Banks. Elizabeth Banks is another who deserves a lot of credit for this film as well, her portrayal of June's mother May is incredible. She shines in moments when she seems the most vulnerable such as the scene with her and Knoxville in bathroom while she is taking a bath, and moments discussing her illness. Juliette Lewis is great as always in her role as Daltry's love interest, and David Koechner is brilliant as Doyle, Daltry's gardener who befriends June. Another stand out performer is Kick Gurry as the man Daltry brings in to help save his business. Gurry really shines during a scene involving him and Sophie in side a barn discussing her being under age. And speaking of which Sophie Traub is amazing in this film and deserves as many awards as possible for role in this film, if their ever was a breakout star she is the one.
Mr. Tarantino made a wise decision by being a part of this film, it is a great coming of age story that I recommend to anybody who loves film or just wants something to watch. Daltry Calhoun is a diamond in the rough of horrible films that are being released; I highly recommend this great film.