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Despite a good cast including Christina Ricci and amiably laid-back plot development, this feature by young writer-director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets)—not to be confused with the actor Morgan Freeman—didn't really grab me when I watched it on video. Set in and around a California road stop with a population of 89, the story focuses on an unexpected romance between a young local (Brendan Sexton III) and a TV actress (Kate Hudson) stuck in town when a tank truck crashes and the FBI, fearing a toxic spill, quarantines the area. There's more charm than momentum, but maybe it works better on the big screen. With John Heard, Casey Affleck, and Sara Gilbert.

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