Middle of Nowhere (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Middle of Nowhere (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 1,474 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Runtime: Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  • Director: John Stockwell
  • Stars: Eva Amurri Martino, Anton Yelchin and Willa Holland
  • Original Music By: Ferraby Lionheart   
  • Soundtrack: Diddie Wa Diddie
  • Plot Keyword: Modeling | Fatherless Child | Feeling Unwanted | Suicide | Family Relationships

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Michelle Morgan  writer

Known Trivia

  • Real-life mother and daughter Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino play mother and daughter in this movie.

Goofs: Continuity: (At 1:15) In the Bingo Parlor. we see the girl in blue smock, behind her is a bingo board with numerous numbers lit. There is a cut to the male. Back to her and the board is almost completely unlit.

Plot: An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign. Full summary »  »

Story: Summer in a small southern town: Grace wants to go to college, but her feckless mom has poisoned that well (no student loans because mom has welshed on credit cards in Grace's name). Dorian wants to escape from his snobbish adoptive parents. They team up to sell marijuana – she hopes for enough to go to college. Both investigate family secretes, and things get complicated when Dorian falls for her, Grace falls for someone else, and Grace's 15-year-old sister behaves badly. Can Dorian find independence and Grace get to college. And what constitutes a family, anyway?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


Synopsis: Told against the backdrop of finding love and friendship in a small town, two teens from different sides of the tracks forge a partnership to seek freedom from their respectively miserable lives.The story starts off with Grace (Eva Amurri) being rejected for a student loan on the basis of a bad credit history.It turns out that her mother Rhonda Berry (Susan Sarandon) had applied for and used credit cards under Grace’s name.This affects Grace’s chance of attending college and her only route of escape from her home.Grace’s younger sister Taylor (Willa Holland) is an aspiring model being pushed around by their mother.To add to the dysfunctional effect,it turns out that Grace’s father had committed suicide because Rhonda had an affir with his own brother.Ont the other hand,Dorian Spitz (Anton Yelchin) an unhappy boy whoi wants to escape the shadow of his rich adopted family.He meets Grace while working a summer job.They both become friends and then start to sell drugs to make money.Dorian falls for Grace but she is smitten with Ben Pretzler (Justin Chatwin) who she sleeps with after rejecting Dorian.It turns out that Ben is a jerk.Grace and Taylor also learn about thereason for their dad’s suicide.Towards the end of the movie,Dorian gets beaten up very badly by a guy from who he had earlier protected Taylor (when the guy had tried to make out with her when she was drunk).Then he calls Grace and Taylor to help him.They spend the night in Grace’s car.In the morning,Dorian gives grace more than $7000 for her car which is not worth more than $500.This helps Grace to get into college.Hoeever she still looks at Dorian only as a friend. He leaves with a smile at having made Grace happy.Then Grace and Taylor come to terms with their mother too. Tenbenny@aol.com

Dorian, a restless troublemaker, is shipped off by his foster parents to the small-town home of his uncle for the summer. Grace, brainy and strong-willed, discovers her selfish mother, Rhonda, has decided to invest in her younger sister Taylor’s furure as a teen beauty queen, rather than in Grace’s future as a doctor. When Dorian hatches a plan to make money by dealing weed on the side, new found buddy Grace, reluctantly agrees to be his driver to fund her own med-school dreams. The two forge an unlikely bond that evolves into a triangle, when Grace’s sister Taylor develops feelings for Dorian, and Dorian discovers feelings of his own–for Grace. [D-Man2010]

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Produced By:

  • Garrick Dion known as co-producer
  • Brendan Garst known as line producer
  • David Lancaster known as producer
  • Michel Litvak known as producer
  • Nicole Rocklin known as producer
  • Brian Ross known as co-producer
  • John Stockwell known as producer
  • Gary Michael Walters known as executive producer
  • Richard Walters known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Eva Amurri Martino known as Grace Berry
  • Anton Yelchin known as Dorian Spitz
  • Willa Holland known as Taylor Elizabeth Berry
  • Susan Sarandon known as Rhonda Berry
  • Justin Chatwin known as Ben Pretzler
  • Brea Grant known as Jean
  • Anny Ibarra known as Elena
  • Kenny Bordes known as Ryan
  • Scott A. Martin known as Morris Kraven
  • Aimee Spring Fortier known as Bonnie (as Aimee Fortier)
  • Marie Debrey known as Paulette Spitz
  • Lindsay Soileau known as Cami
  • Veronica Berry known as Vik
  • Andrea Frankle known as Jessica Luther
  • Jessica Heap known as Justine Spitz
  • Keith Pratt known as Joe
  • Paul Lockett known as Gate Security Guard
  • Neal Rivet known as Seth Schrader
  • Jacqueline Novak known as Melanie (as Jacqueline Rae Novak)
  • B. Martin Williams known as David Chester Spitz (as Bill Martin Williams)
  • Karen Bramen known as Aunt Polly
  • Sharon K. London known as Ms. Bryant (as Sharon London)
  • Kyle Russell Clements known as Ted Jorgenson (as Kyle Clements)
  • Hugo Perez known as Kadija Ahmed
  • Jerry Leggio known as Judge
  • Randy Maggiore known as Dick Jones (as Randy Magglore)
  • William Haze known as Bob Berry (as Will Haze)
  • Jeannetta Arnette known as Mindy Green
  • Kennon Kepper known as Kid with Attitude
  • Allen Boudreaux known as Golfer (uncredited)
  • Daurice Cummings known as Water Park Patron (uncredited)
  • Brooke Frost known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Melissa S. Harris known as Party Girl (uncredited)
  • Dawn Himel known as Housewife (uncredited)
  • Jaci LeJeune known as Party Girl (uncredited)
  • Allison Moss known as Bikini Girl (uncredited)
  • David Pitt known as Guest (uncredited)
  • Yalonda Lisa Reeves known as Party Guest / Park Visitor (uncredited)
  • Cassidy Smith known as Water Slide Racer (uncredited)
  • Dawna Williams known as Water Park Patron (uncredited)
  • Michael Wozniak known as Golfer (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Kimberly Amacker known as key makeup artist
  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as makeup artist: Susan Sarandon (as Marilyn Carbone)
  • Michelle Johnson known as hair stylist: Susan Sarandon
  • Rose Librizzi known as head makeup artist (as Rose Librizzi Davis)
  • Scott H. Reeder known as key hair stylist (as Scott Reeder)
  • Tony Ward known as head hair stylist
  • Ebony Star Parson known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Thomas David Adams known as greensman (as Thomas 'David' Adams)
  • Tom Ashburn known as lead scenic (as Tom A. Ashburn)
  • Monique Champagne known as set dresser
  • Jaime Fernandez known as on-set dresser
  • Kerry Hardy known as set painter
  • Christopher C. Jones known as graphic artist: title
  • Jessica Lee known as art coordinator (as Jessica M. Lee)
  • Twig Leveque known as property assistant
  • Joseph Pipes known as leadman
  • Noel Rideout known as set dresser
  • Janna Roach known as property assistant
  • Michelle Rolland known as property master
  • Grant Widmer known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Bold Films
  • Louisiana Media Productions
  • Nowhere Films Louisiana Productions

Other Companies:

  • iO Films  digital intermediate
  • Black Tiger Collective  main title design
  • Caballero Casting  casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Louisiana Media Services  post-production sound services
  • NovaStar Digital  sound post-production
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording
  • iO Film  post-production services


  • Capelight Pictures (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-Ray)
  • Imagem Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • VVS Films (2010) (Canada) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • Canada 6 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Italy 25 October 2008 (Rome Film Festival)
  • Germany 24 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 15 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 13 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for drug content, some teen drinking and sexual material


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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