Multitalented writer/director/star Jim Cummings gives a jaw-dropping performance filled with bursts of offbeat humor and unexpected pathos as a small-town police officer struggling to process the death of his mother, an impending divorce, and his own unrecognized cluelessness.
As THUNDER ROAD opens, we meet Officer Jim Arnaud, preparing to address the mourners at his beloved mother's memorial service. However, his eulogy doesn't go quite as rehearsed. He's continually on the verge of tears, of course, but also keeps making bizarre, confessional digressions, and, worst of all, his 10-year-old daughter's pink boombox won't play his mother's favourite Springsteen song. This scene sets the tone for the narrative that follows—a singular blend of cringe-inducing laughs punctuated by moments of profound sentiment.
Emotionally raw following the funeral, Officer Arnaud must deal with a whole series of real-world problems, and as he struggles through these challenges, Arnaud does his best to remain cheerful, always striving for the positive, even when his own hapless antics cause him to falter.
In this emotional and offbeat feature-length adaptation of his award-winning short film, director and star Jim Cummings gives a captivating performance, infusing both his flawed character and the film with a deep, abiding pathos.
Winner of the 2018 SXSW Grand Jury Award
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Remarkably, Cummings manages to piece these oddball vignettes into a vivid drama with its own unpredictable, startlingly lovely shape.
Los Angeles Times
I have seen humanistic American filmmaking's future, and its name is Jim Cummings.
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