“WEIRDOS”— A Journey

“Weirdos”

A Journey

Amos Lassen

Bruce McDonald’s “Weirdo’s” is a road trip film that begins in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 1976. , Kit (Dylan Authors), a reserved fifteen-year-old boy with fancy shoes and a girlfriend named Alice (Julia Sarah Stone) want to move on. Kit also travels with a spirit animal of Andy Warhol (Rhys Bevan-John), an imaginary guy in a wig who looks and sounds like Andy Warhol and who acts as guide and guardian angel. Kit is a true weirdo.

The couple confronts the imperfections of their relationship as fellow travelers add fresh dynamics and new temptations. The characters who are real, raw, and peculiar in their own particular way. What makes the film come across as honest and authentic.

Kit and Alice bum rides, walk, and hitchhike from Antigonish to the shore where Kit hopes to get away from his father and move in with his mother Laura (Molly Parker), a hippy who regrets she ever moved out of Toronto. She’s presumably more open-minded than his father Kit’s father, Dave (Allan Tawco), who spends his days at home offering swipes at Kit’s gay French teacher.

Both Alice and Andy Warhol are a supportive moral compass for Kit. As we watch, we feel the tension between straight and gay, straight and hippy, and U.S. and Canadian. The characters are flawed and complicated, but not overtly so and they are grounded in reality but with relatable and refreshingly humane shortcomings.

In the third part of the film when Alice and Kit arrive at their destination, we meet Laura an obvious mess of complicated mania and who takes center stage. from the moment the camera sets eyes on Parker. While it is only lunchtime, Laura has a Manhattan and dances freestyle in the yard. She is overjoyed at the return of her son and offers her guests sandwiches, stories of Andy Warhol, and liquor.

Laura takes the drama to its deepest and most unexpected places. She brings rapid-fire shifts of highs and lows as she reveals a manic-depressive woman full of life, love, and energy. She reveals the depths of her character’s depression and realizes just how out of control her behavior is. Laura’s desperate cry for help puts Kit and Alice’s own weirdness into perspective as the film gives us a coming of age tale about embracing the differences that unite people rather than drive them apart.

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