Wendy and Lucy (2008) ( http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1152850/
Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
IMDB rating: 7.7/10 459 votes
The plot synopsis for this movie is pretty straightforward, as not much happens. A girl (Wendy) and her dog (Lucy) are traveling across the country, from Indiana to Alaska. The film starts off with Wendy in a small town in Oregon, where her car breaks down. Running out of dog food and money, she attempts to steal some from the local grocery store and gets caught. She's arrested while her dog is still tied up out front; she then spends the rest of the film looking for the dog.
It's basically an artsy Lifetime movie. A single girl struggling to get by in a hostile world! The only good thing I can say about it is that the cinematography is decent and I like the fact that it seems to be shot in an actual small town. IMDB says it was shot in Portland, so it was probably shot in the suburbs. The rest is just dull. There's a lot of languid shots of Wendy being sad, mostly for things that are her own fault.
The whole film strikes me as a giant contrivance. It's clear she has no plan for what to do when she gets to Alaska. There's no job or anything waiting for her there, so she could actually stop anywhere and look for a job. She has enough money to get by for a while, so there's no point in her stealing cheap dog food. And the whole dog thing doesn't strike me as realistic. There's a dog tied up in front of a grocery store. The grocery store arrests the owner of the dog. Yet, when she comes back a couple hours later, no one at the grocery store knows what happened to the dog? If someone were going to take the dog, surely they would go in and ask around about who the dog belonged to. The manager certainly knew, as did the all-American anti-shoplifting worker, as well as any other worker that was there during the arrest. Also, why is she in the small town to begin with? Surely there are better places to sleep in your car than in a Walgreen's parking lot (why is there a security guard at a Walgreen's?).