The River Why

The River Why

DVD - 2011
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Sick of living in a home shrouded with secrets, lies, and a smothering sense of competition, Gus runs away from home and the shadow of his famous fly-fishing father. Determined to live life like he wants it, Gus makes his new home in a secluded cabin on the banks of a river where he plans to fish all day. Instead, he is propelled into a quest for self-discovery.


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May 17, 2017

I got about halfway through this film and finally stopped it. The characters are like from a sci-fi novel with bizarre names and bizarre speech. This is not what normal people speak like. I'm sure whoever wrote the screenplay probably wanted to sound like he had six or seven PhDs in his pocket, but that's not even how PhDs speak. A pompous Brit meets and marries a wild spirit in Eastern Oregon. They both enjoy fishing and marry. Their relationship is a tumultuous one which emotionally injures both of their sons, Gus and Bill Bob. Gus leaves home when he turns 18, determined to find his own way, but he goes into the woods and becomes a fly fisherman just like his famous father. Add a gorgeous blonde who loves to swim naked in his favorite swimming hole, and coincidentally loves to fly fish, and you've got the makings of a truly dreadful film. If any of the dialogue from this film came directly from the novel, then the novel must be total trash. Augustine and Titus, in particular, do not speak like normal Americans. Not by a long shot. They vomited more than one dictionary, probably an encyclopedia too.

ravenheart Apr 04, 2016

This could have easily been produced by Hallmark. So, if you like Hallmark movies, you'll probably like this one, too. For me, Amber Heard was the only thing about the movie I actually enjoyed, however unbelievable it is that someone like her would spend her days fishing, or being interested in a fisherman. On the flip side of the coin, I really disliked the lead actor, Zach Gilford. His character came across as whiny and the narration sucked as well. The only scenes I liked Zach in were when he was with Amber.

Apr 09, 2015

A generally good portrayal of an idealized life communing with nature without having to earn a living in the usual ways. Throw in a goldilox with perfect teeth and an enlightened persona and you have heaven for a young man. Then golly gee the parents quit fighting and came and hugged him. The surprise ending is worth sitting through the movie if you weren't enjoying the scenery.

shantybay Feb 21, 2014

Good feel good movie

Dec 21, 2012

Watched this movie recently and all I can say is....RUN....don't look back. The movie was so bad....the only good thing was the scenery and that's about it. A very dysfunctional and disjointed movie....I do not recommend this one at all.

kevfarley Apr 25, 2012

Kinda' like Walden revisited, but with romance.
Lovely young actors.
Reflective ideas.

An interesting sweet story , BEAUTIFUL scenery, and an uplifting theme (except for one preachy 'philosopher') about love and learning,.. and fly fishing.

And I have just now enjoyed seeing it this second time (!).


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