The Motel Life: movie review

If you put every Sundance film from the last three decades in a food processor, hit puree and boil down the results, you’d end up with something close to Alan and Gabe Polsky’s familial drama, in which working-class brothers Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry (Stephen Dorff) go on the lam after the latter kills a young boy in a hit-and-run. This debut film does establish a fragile mood that lingers like a morning fog, however, and it doesn’t hurt to have Kris Kristofferson dropping lines like “You’re not a loser, son, but if you keep acting like one, I don’t know.”

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Release details

Rated: R
Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gabe Polsky, Alan Polsky
Cast: Emile Hirsch
Stephen Dorff
Dakota Fanning
Kris Kristofferson