Hits a lot of sweet spots.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
One sign of a good filmmaker – or, in this case, group of filmmakers – is that it’s hard to compare their work to anything else… except maybe another movie made by them. Road Scholars is such a movie. I’d be hard-pressed to categorize this one. Perhaps… deadpan absurdity?
The Minor Prophets live in cold-ass Pennsylvania, and you can definitely tell. They’re all but huddled over for warmth in this movie. It’s about the aftermath of a car accident that killed the local swim team’s coach. One of his star swimmers returns from spring break in Cancun to find out what happened. He meets an amateur forensics non-expert, a cowboy, and a blind dude with a white beard. They all come up with possible explanations for the crash, all of which intrigue the young man… until they admit that everything they just said is of course pure conjecture. The blind dude gets the funniest lines, but the forensics guy gets the biggest laugh. The first shot of him lying in the middle of the road is just exquisitely strange and hilarious.
Road Scholars has some of the same technical flaws as other Minor Prophets efforts: spotty sound work, crazy eye lines, etc. Almost all of their films have a slow pace, but to be honest I’m not sure I want them to have a faster pace. Without the slow build-up, they wouldn’t be able to hit so many sweet spots. And, up to and including the inexplicable triple-homicide that closes out the movie, Road Scholars definitely hits a lot of sweet spots.