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Patriotville

A man tries to save his town in "Patriotville," but there's no saving this banal comedy-drama.

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With: Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Keir O'Donnell, Jimmi Simpson, Brian Howe, David Jensen, Robert Beltran, Nick Offerman, Missi Pyle.

An American-history enthusiast tries to save his hometown in “Patriotville,” but there’s no saving this banal comedy-drama, which has almost as many competing story motivations as it has producers. Trying to stir up excitement about democracy one minute, poking fun at the Native American gaming industry the next, with some slapdash romance and political corruption stirred in for good measure, this muddled misfire reps a downright unconstitutional waste of comedic talent. Not even cast names such as Justin Long and Rob Corddry will likely help the pic gain much commercial traction.

With his small town on the brink of financial collapse, the evil mayor (Corddry) hopes to jumpstart tourism by building a casino on a historic battlefield that was once the site of a little-known Revolutionary War skirmish. Chase (Long), impassioned curator of the local museum, petitions to block the project; he’s aided by a love interest (Emmanuelle Chriqui) with some very creepy daddy-fetish issues. Much foolishness ensues, most of it (Long decked out in full colonial regalia) merely unfunny, some of it (the ominously exotic music that accompanies nearly every shot of the Native Americans) actively offensive.

Patriotville

Production: A Two Roads Entertainment presentation in association with Penn Station Entertainment, Periscope Entertainment and Black Satellite Films. Produced by Kyle Dean Jackson, Larry Furlong, Lori Christopher, Michael Aguilar. Executive producers, Michael Falbo, Don Truesdale, Ian Colhoun. Co-producers, Christian Swegal, Michael Crawford. Directed by Talmage Cooley. Screenplay, Annie Nocenti; story, Nocenti, Cooley.

Crew: Camera (FotoKem color, widescreen), Steve Gainer; editors, Joe Klotz, Tom Scully, Sebastian Perez-Burchard; music, Scott Glasgow; production designer, Shane Valentino; costume designer, Christie Wittenborn. Reviewed at CineVegas Film Festival (Jackpot Premieres), June 13, 2009. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, Keir O'Donnell, Jimmi Simpson, Brian Howe, David Jensen, Robert Beltran, Nick Offerman, Missi Pyle.

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