• The Long Haul
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Details
Market December 15, 2014
Agent Geoff Morely, Jason Burns (UTA)
Manager Ari Lubet, Greg Walter (3 Arts)
Loglines
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.
Format
Genres
Drama, Family, Teen, Adolescence, Alcoholism, Buddy, Character Study, Coming of Age, Dog, 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
Pages
106
Rated
R
Budget
Medium
Lead
M Unspecified 45 Average
Similar
Manchester by the Sea, Little Miss Sunshine, Captain Fantastic, Good Will Hunting
When
Present Day / Four Days
Where
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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Synopsis
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) angrily picks him up from school, and furiously calls him out for his constant bad behavior, Dean is forced to make a pit stop after discovering that there is a minor problem with his truck. He calls his sister (KATHY) and asks to come over for dinner. After being left by her husband, Kathy is struggling to juggle three kids (including Tyler), as well as work and brittle finances. She and Tyler get into a huge screaming match, and Dean nervously tries to leave. Kathy insists that he stay for dinner, and the three of them sit through a tentative meal. Dean leaves, but soon discovers that Tyler has...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
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....