Tater Tot & Patton
In its onset, Tater Tot & Patton performs like your typical midwestern competition movie. And by-and-large, it’s. It follows Andie (Jessica Rothe), an LA-based millennial who reconnects along with her gruff-and-tuff distant relative, Uncle Erwin (Bates Wilder), after avoiding rehab. There’s your anticipated cultural conflict with two differing people who should stay collectively, whether or not they prefer it or not, earlier than valuing one another’s firm. The indie does not break any molds, however there’s an understated, elegant gentleness that is progressively touching. Its acquainted, but private, and simplistic, but sympathetic, which does not make it a masterpiece however somewhat a breezy, quietly investing expertise.
The key to its energy comes from its two central performances. Notably, Rothe takes what might’ve been a near-parody of a vegetarian, hula-hooping millennial and makes Andie real and humane, whereas nonetheless discover the character’s humor and compassion. It’s a successful flip in a gently-involving movie.