Katrina Holden Bronson
The movie feels as if it intended to go in one direction and then abandoned the original concept in favor of giving more screen time to Knoxville. Itís really a coming of age tale for a fourteen year-old girl and not a whole lot more. Granted, sheís in difficult circumstances, but she has many interesting things affecting her and not one of them is Daltry Calhoun. So thatís where the movie falters. If they had stuck with telling a story about a fourteen year-old girl dealing with her motherís death and meeting her father, it wouldíve been better. But they attempted to add to many frivolous sub-plots that distracted from the film and left the audience disinterested.
Thatís not to say that Johnny Knoxville didnít do well in his first non-Jackass type roll, because he did a decent job as did the rest of the cast. I liked the performance of Sophie Traub, but at times she seemed like she was playing naÔve instead of actually being naÔve. I think a younger actress couldíve pulled off the roll a little better because it wouldíve added more consistency to the roll that Sophie lacked.
I found this movie to be a little empty on most accounts. It never really found itís groove and I think that had a lot to do with first time director Katrina Holden Bronson. Sheís a talented writer and director and Iím sure her follow-up movies will be more polished that Daltry.
Bloopers (3:46): This is actually a decent collection of outtakes. It should be noted that this feature should be rated ďRĒ while the film itself is rated ďPG-13Ē. I was surprised and impressed they didnít bleep out the naughty words.
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (7:48): Well, except for the last scene, all of these only exacerbate the problems I had with the movie, so itís good they were left out. The final scene is part of another plot event that didnít happen, so it obviously feels out of place.
The Making of Daltry Calhoun (11:48): I donít think itís appropriate to call this a ďmaking ofĒ featurette because the filmmakers didnít talk much about making the movie. They talked more about the inspiration and the efforts put into the film. It was decent enough, but didnít offer any special insight into the film.
The B Team (3:47): Dave Koechner, Kick Gurry and Juliette Lewis all arrived on the set after everyone else, so they decided to call themselves the ďB-teamĒ. This is their story. If you like any one of these actors, then this might be interesting, otherwise, youíll feel like an outsider that doesnít get an inside joke.
There are also some Trailers and a Music Video.