American Indie – Feature
THE BET, Finola Hughes
USA / 2013 / 100 min / DCP / English
High school senior Addison Smith lives with his widowed mom, Libby, and paternal grandfather Collier in Santa Barbara. At 18, still practicing to get his driver’s license, Addison has never been one to rush into things – including relationships with girls. Collier, in fact – a bit worried about his grandson’s development – pressures him into a friendly bet: which of them will be the first to seduce a lady. Collier picks Addison’s potential conquests at the high school, as Addison and his buddies pick Collier’s at the retirement facility. As the bet plays itself out in this coming-of-age romantic comedy, Addison’s mom, Libby, is herself just starting to date again, after the death of her husband several years before. What ensues is three generations of a family, all looking for love – sometimes in the right places, sometimes in the wrong ones, sometimes comically, sometimes poignantly. Along the way, they learn, and teach each other, lessons about love, life, maturity, and what it means to grow into adulthood.
Special Guest: Finola Hughes
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs Oct 18 - November 11, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Pompano Beach and on Grand Bahama Island. The fest moves to Saint Augustine January 16 - 19, 2014. There are over 200 films plus a galaxy of parties, cruises, and special events. Special guests include Ann-Margret, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Anna Paquin, Lea Thompson, Aphrodite Jones, Guy Harvey, Jonathan Bird, Pauly Cohen, William Grefe, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Michael Bolton. FLIFF is the Guiness World Record holder for longest in the world.
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