Natural Selection

January 3rd, 2011


Natural Selection

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When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke...

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.9/10 (168 voted)

Director: Robbie Pickering

Stars: Rachael Harris, Jon Gries, Matt O'Leary

When a dutiful, albeit barren Christian housewife discovers that her devout husband has suffered a stroke at a sperm bank where he's been secretly donating his seed for the past 25 years, she leaves her sheltered world and starts off on a journey to find his eldest biological son - a mullet-headed, foul-mouthed ex-con with whom she develops an odd but meaningful relationship.

Rachael Harris - Linda
Jon Gries - Peter
Matt O'Leary - Raymond
John Diehl - Abe
Vanessa Vander Pluym - Bitchy Waitress
Billy Blair - Biker
Berna Roberts - Nun
Michael Hyland - Handsome Doctor
Hallie Martin - White Trash Fox
Melinda DeKay - Stern Nurse
Stephanie King - Shaunice
Gayland Williams - Sheila
Sam Eidson - Homeless Guy 1
Greg Grosh - Sperm Clinic Doctor
Mark Winslett - Bus Employee

Taglines: Linda White Has Found Her Son. God Help Her.


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2011

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

User Review

An Interesting Film on Religion and Relationships

Rating: 8/10

Robbie Pickering had its World Premiere at SXSW where it was well-received and earned several awards. It is sort of an odd film about the struggles of damaged people. Natural Selection could be described as partially a critique of fundamentalist religion, part road trip film, and part human tragedy. It is the story of Linda who is trapped in a loveless marriage. She goes on a trip looking for one thing and discovers parts of herself that she didn't know existed. The script is well-written and the film is well-acted – especially considering this is the writer/director's first feature film. The film avoids easy answers or simple judgments to complex questions. The character development for the two main characters is nuanced and provocative. In the end, the audience may be left with more questions than answers. The film seeks intended as a critique of dogmatism, but offers the viewer little in the way of alternative answers to hang on to.


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