2/14/13 by Myron Meisel
The Bottom Line: Bad dad and tortured teen in a Volvo take a bumpy ride on the 5 Freeway, marked by the fresh, consistent vision of this scrappy determined company.
Father-son bonding is limned over the course of a Southern California car commute.
Divorced father Ky (Wes Whitehead) drives his adolescent son Denny (Daniel David Stewart) from Orange County to his new home in Silver Lake on their periodic visitations. At first, Ky seems simply to epitomize all the wrong approaches of a separated parent, pushing the squirming Denny for intelligence about his mother’s dating life, putting her down and making strained efforts to bond. What starts as plain-wrap domestic realism takes a distinct turn as Sixty Miles to Silver Lake leaps across time, collapsing various occasions of the two guys at different ages and places in their deteriorating relationship. While abrupt at first, these jumps are woven in an easily digestible manner, as we realize that they will never get to Silver Lake, remaining captive within the frame of Ky’s Volvo. Learn More