R, 94 min.
Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: David Gordon Green, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigur∂sson (film “Either Way”)
Starring: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne
“Sometimes I can do things that aren’t really possible.”—Alvin, “Prince Avalanche”
Perhaps that’s what writer/director David Gordon Green thought when he decided to abandon his indie film roots and start making stupid big budget stoner comedies. Like most others, I very much enjoyed the stoner ramblings of “Pineapple Express”; but Green’s next two outings “Your Highness” and “The Sitter” were two of the worst movies of the past five years. What’s worse, Green seemed to abandon the ideals that had made him a unique and imaginative artistic force in his previous work. Because of this, “Prince Avalanche” is more than just a return to form for one of the most promising film artists of the Aughts, but it is a reassurance that he hasn’t totally lost his mind and bought into the Hollywood machine.