Theatrical prospects look dim for "West of Here," the directorial debut of Peter CB Masterson, son of filmmaker Peter and brother to actress Mary Stuart Masterson, who has a leading part here; its intimacy, bordering on (and often giving over to) slightness, more closely suggests a Lifetime movie-of-the-week or an Off Off Broadway play.

Theatrical prospects look dim for “West of Here,” the directorial debut of Peter CB Masterson, son of filmmaker Peter and brother to actress Mary Stuart Masterson, who has a leading part here; its intimacy, bordering on (and often giving over to) slightness, more closely suggests a Lifetime movie-of-the-week or an Off Off Broadway play. Though heartfelt and well-meaning, pic seems destined to a brief life playing small festivals, where its admirers will consist mainly of those glad to see the underused Ms. Masterson back on screen.

When Gil Blackwell’s (Josh Hamilton) cousin and songwriting collaborator Josiah (Norbert Leo Butz) is killed in a car accident, Gil makes the cross-country journey from Boston to San Francisco to settle Josiah’s affairs. This includes a rendezvous with Josiah’s ex-girlfriend Genevieve (Masterson). But this roadtrip vehicle is forever stuck in neutral and Hamilton’s whiny performance leaves much to be desired. Masterson’s script is semi-autobiographical and there’s a good, but critically underdeveloped idea here about the way those with 9-to-5 jobs live vicariously through those free spirits who live the lives others imagine they’d like to lead.

West of Here

Production

A West of Here Prods. presentation in association with Picture Park. Produced by Jen Tost, Charles Mellon. Co-producers, Peter C Masterson, Carlin Glynn, Elaine Rogers. Directed by Peter CB Masterson. Screenplay, A. Jay Sweet.

Crew

Camera (Technicolor), Masterson; editors, Marc Laub, Peter Barstis; music, Todd Park Mohr, Timothy Cutler; music supervisor, Sweet; production designer, Karen Weber. Reviewed at CineVegas Film Festival (Diamond Discovery), June 9, 2002. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Josh Hamilton, Mary Stuart Masterson, Norbert Leo Butz, Tate Donovan, Elisabeth Moss, Guillermo Diaz, John Elsen, Kevin Cooney, Carlin Glynn.
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