• The Long Haul
  • Black List Drama 2014 Available
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Market December 15, 2014
Agent Geoff Morely, Jason Burns (UTA)
Manager Ari Lubet, Greg Walter (3 Arts)
A self-destructive trucker estranged from his son travels cross country with a problematic nephew whom he barely knows.
A recovering alcoholic and a delinquent teen are forced into an unlikely friendship as they drive cross-country to deliver a truckload of goods.
A recovering alcoholic truck-driver reluctantly gains a passenger for his cross-country drive: his rebellious teenage nephew.
When a young man stows away in his uncle's semi truck for a cross-country trip, it is ip the uncle to decide if he will step in and be the role model that his nephew clearly needs.
Drama, Family, Teen, Adolescence, Alcoholism, Buddy, Character Study, Coming of Age, Dog, Dramedy, Dysfunctional Family, Father, Father/Son, Fatherhood, Feel Good/Uplifting, Film, Fish-Out-Of-Water, Heartwarming, Marriage, Mid-life Crisis, Mother/Son, Motherhood, Parenthood, Racy/Raunchy, Road Movies, Son, Student, Travel, Troubled Youth
M Unspecified 45 Average
Manchester by the Sea, Little Miss Sunshine, Captain Fantastic, Good Will Hunting, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Dutch
Present Day / Four Days
40% takes place inside a semi truck. Other locations include motels, rest stops, a bowling alley, a suburban home, movie theater, and other small town shops. More expensive shots include an airport, a car chase sequence, and a near collision with an elk.

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DEAN SUTTON (late 40s), a trucker, wakes in a motel with MELANIE (30s), waitress. The two have been seeing each other on and off for some time, and Melanie asks him to stay for breakfast. Dean declines, saying he has to get back on the road to keep pace with his upcoming delivery. Dean gets into his truck with BUD (an aging bulldog) and drives off into the snow. Elsewhere, TYLER (14) gets in trouble after smashing in the windows of a teacher's car with a crowbar. His mother KATHY (40s) picks him up from school, and calls him out for his constant bad behavior.

Dean calls the house of his ex-wife CHARLOTTE LEWIS (30's), so that he can wish his son NICHOLAS (8) a happy birthday, but Charlotte does not pick up. Dean is forced to make a pit stop after discovering that there is a minor problem with his truck. He calls his sister (KATHY), whom he hasn't seen for three years, and asks to come over. Kathy lives in an enormous house, but after being left by her husband, Kathy is struggling to juggle three kids (including Tyler), as well as work. She and Tyler get into a...
Reader 1 Comments
A quiet loner is forced to reconnect with his estranged nephew for a cross country drive. With strong characters and compelling, family-fueled drama, “The Long Haul” is a feel-good dramedy that successfully juggles a plethora of themes contained within a small cast. Despite its occasional lapses into juvenile, hyper-masculine sex humor, action is ultimately fueled through naturalistic dialogue and emotionally dynamic characters. A smooth blend of coming-of-age story, road trip comedy, and family drama, the final product hits the sweet spot between funny and heartwarming....
Reader 2 Comments
“The Long Haul” follows a self-destructive, recovering alcoholic truck driver named Dean, who gets roped into taking his teenage nephew Tyler, who he barely knows, on the road with him as he makes a delivery. This film is built upon the unlikely pair of Dean and Tyler, and the characters are intriguing foils of one another, with unique voices. The stakes could be made clearer, and the conflict could be heightened, to add greater emotional resonance. This character study strikes a balance between drama and comedy, and more details about the conflict could help add greater originality to the core concept and develop the characters further....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (Consider)
'The Long Haul' is a coming-of-age story that follows Dean Sutton and his nephew, Tyler, as they drive to LA in Dean's Semi. They grow closer as they come to terms with their troubled pasts and traverse, hopeful, towards a brighter future. Overall, the premise is wholesome and rich. The characters are not necessarily unique but they are relatable and sympathetic. The dialogue does well to distinguish the characters from each other. The conflict focuses more on the internal than external and that works perfectly with the premise. The structure and craft are adequate for the genre and do well to convey the story and emotions of the characters....