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WILD (Reese Witherspoon)

Based on the Cheryl Strayed's New York Times No. 1 best seller by the same name.
A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

Release Date: December 5, 2014 (limited)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club)
Screenwriter: Nick Hornby
MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language)


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Love stuff like this. The Way with Martin Sheen is so awesome.
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The Way with Martin Sheen is so awesome.
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I'll definitely check it out when it gets to NF. In terms of really intense movies along these lines, what's the name of the movie about the young guy who decided to go live off the land in Alaska? It's based on a true story and very powerful, if you haven't seen it. The net to the rescue, it's called "Into the Wild".

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The net to the rescue, it's called "Into the Wild".
I watched this long ago and hated it.

The fact it was "based on a true story" really took the juice out for me.
Something more "fictional" would have worked a lot better for me.

Being a Westerner all of my life, I am very familiar with the PNW (Alaska) Wilderness, as well as what to do and what not to do.
Basically, it's more about everyday Common Sense than anything else.

The bottom line is: if you don't know WTF you are doing in a dangerous environment, don't...just don't.
Only stupidity and hubris ignores the power of Mother Nature and her ability to kill the weak and dumb.

The kid (Christopher McCandless) did EVERYTHING wrong, and all for childish, silly reasons.
The movie asks for empathy; by the end, I had none.
OTOH, if there was simple survival or life/death in extremis motivations behind his expedition I might have had some sympathy for his plight.
As it turned out, that wasn't the case.


All of that aside, I will be watching RW in this flick when it hits video.
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Wow, I think you'd have had to try hard to miss the target on that movie by a wider margin.

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Wow, I think you'd have had to try hard to miss the target on that movie by a wider margin.
Sorry, just how I feel.


As a confirmed curmudgeon (and swine), I don't suffer fools or stupidity easily.
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He wasn't a fool. He was a young man trying to discover himself, who ended up paying the ultimate price for it. Even people with far more experience sometimes pay that price for attempting something beyond the ordinary. Ultimately, the point of life isn't necessarily living the longest. There's nothing wrong with longevity, to paraphrase Dr. King, but it's not the only valid goal for a human life.

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He wasn't a fool.
Agreed.
He was just a dumb kid with silly romantic notions in his head.
Unfortunately, that silliness killed him.

I get that some people feel they need to "find themselves."
That's fine, if that is how they truly feel.
However, doesn't common sense allow for it to be done in a safe and responsible way without endangering themselves and others?


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He was a young man trying to discover himself, who ended up paying the ultimate price for it.
IMO, daring nature to kill you isn't discovering one's self, it's hubris.

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Even people with far more experience sometimes pay that price for attempting something beyond the ordinary.
Those are the "fools" I was talking about...people who should know better.


Every year Oregon taxpayers have to pay for rescues of people who try to climb massive mountains and get themselves over their heads.
Climbing a mountain isn't finding yourself, it's climbing a very big and dangerous rock.


We also have those who decide to take shortcuts or go camping via some old logging roads (which are everywhere) and end up running out of gas or getting stuck in snow or mud.
Panicking, they decide to walk for help and die from exposure or starvation.
It happens way too often here.

What is the real value when families lose their fathers, mothers, sons, etc. and are left to grieve?
Or suffer financial hardship from the loss of a wage earner?


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I'll definitely check it out when it gets to NF.
Unusual and rare that NF has yet to add Wild.

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I saw this on 20/20 in November. It's a two-part video so hang in there until the second kicks in.
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I saw this on 20/20 in November. It's a two-part video so hang in there until the second kicks in.
This morning I read a review of the sister's book...what a mess of a family!
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Sorry, just how I feel.


As a confirmed curmudgeon (and swine), I don't suffer fools or stupidity easily.
As an outdoor guy I agree but can understand some of his reasons for going. I go for some of the same ones. Still, even as Pearl Jam fan, Vedder's whining was too much and would have ended me as fast as Chris.


I look forward to this flick but can't help but draw comparisons to 2010's The Way with Martin Sheen. Such a damn fine flick, it's up there with Duvall's Apostle. Maybe this will be good like those.
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I look forward to this flick but can't help but draw comparisons to 2010's The Way with Martin Sheen. Such a damn fine flick, it's up there with Duvall's Apostle. Maybe this will be good like those.
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Since no one has come back to comment, I saw this today. I got really sick last night and wasn't feeling up to work so I watched this. I thought it was wonderful. It's one of those that really left me in a strange state, maybe because it makes you sort of look inwards more than you really comfortable doing.
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I was going to watch it, but Ms. Oink didn't find the premise interesting.....
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Watched this last week and enjoyed it. Nothing I would watch again, but it was a good rental.

As for Into The Wild, loved it. I could relate to the kid on certain levels and have had less extreme, but similar adventures in my life. Great story/film IMO.
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I was going to watch it, but Ms. Oink didn't find the premise interesting.....
Watched it with Mrs.G a few weeks back and she enjoyed it. Just saying...

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I might just watch without my old sow....
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Reese Witherspoon is a pretty tough cookie, all 5' 1.5", she is actually lugging around an 80 lb backpack.
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Reese Witherspoon is a pretty tough cookie, all 5' 1.5", she is actually lugging around an 80 lb backpack.
Are you sure that backpack is really full of real stuff? More likely styrofoam to bulk it up...

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I watched it with the folks and we all enjoyed it. One of the troubling things about this movie is the continuous undertone of the possibility of someone raping her during her adventure. It is a sad state of affairs in this country and of course in many others as well, but not all , that a human being can not just go for a walk about without having to be wary of some low life doing that. I am glad I am not of the weaker sex.
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I watched it with the folks and we all enjoyed it. One of the troubling things about this movie is the continuous undertone of the possibility of someone raping her during her adventure. It is a sad state of affairs in this country and of course in many others as well, but not all , that a human being can not just go for a walk about without having to be wary of some low life doing that. I am glad I am not of the weaker sex.
You have, obviously, not seen Deliverance.
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You have, obviously, not seen Deliverance.

Ha, I guess I don't remember that movie to well. I do remember a Leslie Neilson parody movie in which he is in prison and is told not to pick up the soap! That was Funny!
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Are you sure that backpack is really full of real stuff? More likely styrofoam to bulk it up...
Yes, it is information from the bonus features on the BR.
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More likely styrofoam to bulk it up...
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One of the troubling things about this movie is the continuous undertone of the possibility of someone raping her during her adventure. It is a sad state of affairs in this country and of course in many others as well, but not all , that a human being can not just go for a walk about without having to be wary of some low life doing that.
Indeed it is sad.
Humans are predators and always will be.


FWIW, there actually has been attacks on hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail....not often, but it does happen.
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I watched it with the folks and we all enjoyed it. One of the troubling things about this movie is the continuous undertone of the possibility of someone raping her during her adventure. It is a sad state of affairs in this country and of course in many others as well, but not all , that a human being can not just go for a walk about without having to be wary of some low life doing that. I am glad I am not of the weaker sex.
Imagine the guts it took for her to deal with that alone, particularly at her age, and keep going, especially after some of the things that happened. Not to mention the other potential non-human threats involved. I'm a guy and I'd be scared to do it.

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Since no one has come back to comment, I saw this today. I got really sick last night and wasn't feeling up to work so I watched this. I thought it was wonderful. It's one of those that really left me in a strange state, maybe because it makes you sort of look inwards more than you really comfortable doing.
Well said, very powerful movie. Reese is the real deal too.
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