“DOUCHEBAG”: The term refers to a person, usually male, with a variety of negative qualities, specifically arrogance, and engaging in obnoxious and/or irritating actions without malicious intent.
Sam (Andrew Dickler) is a few days away from marrying Steph (Marguerite Moreau), a beautiful woman who is madly in love with him. Everything is going well—just a few, final arrangements need to be made—but Steph simply doesn’t understand why Sam’s only brother, Tom, (Ben York Jones ) is not coming to the wedding. When she takes it upon herself to surprise Sam by picking Tom up and driving him down for the event, the estranged brothers find themselves under the same roof for the first time in years, unprepared to confront whatever it was that drove them apart in the first place. Since Tom has no date for the wedding, Sam decides they should hit the road to find Tom’s former flame. The problem is, he hasn’t seen her since the fifth grade. What ensues is a riotous road trip that starts off as Tom’s search for his old girlfriend, but ends up as Sam’s search for a last taste of freedom before he settles down for good.
DOUCHEBAG debuted in competition at Sundance 2010 to wide acclaim from audiences and critics alike and marked the second feature for 27 year-old director Drake Doremus, whose first film, “Spooner,” premiered at Slamdance 2009. Combining classical elements found in the best odd-couple comedies and road movies, the film has an edgy, kinetic, improvisational style all its own. Doremus possesses a sharp eye for a good sight gag and a terrific ear for snappy dialog. But, the funniest moments of DOUCHEBAG (a title that, at various times, describes each of the two brothers), come from the way in which Doremus and his cast capture recognizable human behavior—and misbehavior. Already hailed as “a minimalist ‘Sideways’” by Entertainment Weekly, DOUCHEBAG is smart enough to realize that, when men hit the road, they aren’t really going toward something, they are running away from something. Whatever the destination, Doremus makes DOUCHEBAG a very entertaining trip.
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