What it's about: Cynical Seattle rock journalist Ellie (Toni Collette) is assigned to track down her musician ex-boyfriend, Matthew, who mysteriously disappeared 10 years ago. Despite rumors that he went the way of Kurt Cobain, she reluctantly teams up with amateur documentary filmmaker Charlie (Thomas Haden Church) to try to track him down, traveling in an RV across the Pacific Northwest following leads. Meanwhile, she begins dating up-and-coming musician Lucas (Ryan Eggold) as she tries to get to the bottom of Matthew's untold story.
How is it? While this could have been a cheesy road-trip comedy, it's far from it. As Ellie takes a sometimes-painful walk down memory lane, her journey becomes both physical and emotional in attempts to find Matthew. It's not all about the drama, though, with Church providing comic relief and some of the film's most memorable lines. Music is a big part of the movie, and Eggold (best known for The Blacklist) steals the show with songs he wrote and performed himself. His slightly naive singer charms his way into Ellie's heart and, in turn, the audience's, even though most of the plot centers on her relationships with Charlie and Matthew. Like a true road trip, the plot is a bit stop-and-go as they cut between filming on the road and their lives back in Seattle, but that's part of its charm. It's a fun movie to watch, but it's also heartwarming and heartbreaking.
When you can see it: In theaters on May 30, 2014.
Source: IFC Films