Mag Fest 2020: EASY DOES IT is an Old Fashioned Road Movie

This film makes its Mississippi premiere on Thursday, February 27th at UEC Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville, MS.

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As much as I lack an accent or seem to fit the part, I love living in the south. I was born in the 80s and never got to experience the Burt Reynolds themed 70s here, but it’s an era captured on film that can never be replicated. The idea of driving cross country for Coors Light seems insane, but that is the actual plot line of Smokey and the Bandit. Very few films have been able to capture these kinds of moments, but Easy Does It tries its best to and succeeds to varying degrees.

Two best friends and their accidental hostage careen across the 1970s American South on a treasure hunt turned crime spree.

Where this movie excels the most is within its three central characters. We watch these lovable morons build a very real-feeling friendship that quickly endears you to them. This bond that they form with the viewer allows you to overlook some of the more cartoonish aspects of the film. The primary one being Linda Hamilton. She is seemingly in a separate film from everyone else and while that can work in some films, it can be jarring in this one.

Besides the brief moments with Hamilton, this flick blows by at a breakneck pace that steadily keep you chuckling. The writing is top notch and reminded me heavily of Bottle Rocket with its goofy, but sincere interactions. No matter what these three guys do, no matter how dumb, you cant help but love them. I hope to see more from this team and you can watch the film this weekend at the 23rd annual Magnolia Film Festival in Starkville, MS.

Blaine McLaren
Blaine McLaren was born in Texas, but has called Atlanta his home for over 20 years. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with cinematic oddities, with a soft spot for rubber monster flicks and gore soaked head scratchers. He is the lead writer and owner of and is a regular contributor for multiple sites and podcasts.
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