Middle of Nowhere

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An irresponsible mother blows her eldest daughter's college fund on her youngest daughter's modeling campaign.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.6/10 (1,434 voted)

John Stockwell

Stars: Eva Amurri Martino, Anton Yelchin, Willa Holland

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?


Eva Amurri Martino

Grace Berry

Anton Yelchin

Dorian Spitz

Willa Holland

Taylor Elizabeth Berry

Susan Sarandon

Rhonda Berry

Justin Chatwin

Ben Pretzler

Brea Grant


Anny Ibarra


Kenny Bordes


Scott A. Martin

Morris Kraven

Aimee Spring Fortier


(as Aimee Fortier)

Marie Debrey

Paulette Spitz

Lindsay Soileau


Veronica Berry


Andrea Frankle

Jessica Luther

Jessica Heap

Justine Spitz

Life Without a Road Map …

Release Date: 3 Jan 2008

Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Technical Specs


(Toronto International Film Festival)

Did You Know?


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


(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.


You know, you promised me you were making those payments.

Rhonda Berry:
What payments?

What payments? On the credit cards you took out in my name, that you swore you would pay back?

Rhonda Berry:
I know, but sweetheart – When I get the settlement from my accident, Then I'm going to give you the money.

…Did you buy a new dress today?

User Review

Satisfying Character Study

Rating: 7/10

Middle of Nowhere is a touching character study given an extra
resonance by pairing the real life mother & daughter Susan Sarandon &
Eva Amurri, playing a mother & daughter. Susan Sarandon takes a back
seat while Eva Amurri really shines in her role as Grace, the older of
two daughters being raised by her mother after their father's suicide.
While mother's attention is focused on getting her younger daughter to
modeling school, Grace has to find a summer job to raise money to
fulfill her ambition of going to medical school. She does get a job at
a water park where he meets Dorian (Anton Yelchin) who has an unusual
scheme to find money to get Grace to college.

This movie is full of real characters with whom is easy to identify and
empathize with. The acting is great with Amurri and Yelchin the