Austin Found: What A Mother Will Do For Fame

Austin Found

Austin Found tells the story of what one mother will do for fame.

Directed by Will Raee from a screenplay written by Brenna Graziano, the indie comedy stars Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Ursula Parker, Patrick Warburton, Jon Daly, Chris Parnell, Matt Jones, with Kirsten Schaal and Craig Robinson.

Leanne Miller (Cardellini) used to be the queen bee in high school.  Nowadays, she’s the mother of a young girl, Patty (Parker) that she enters in beauty pageants.  It can safely be said that Patty would rather not be entered into all these padgets.  That being said, Leanne is tired of living her current life.  She wants both fame and fortune for herself  and her family.  While watching the news one night, the light goes off in Leanne’s head when she discovers a mom who got a hefty book deal following the disappearance of her child, Leanne decides that enough is enough.  Leanne reaches out to her ex-­boyfriend, Billy (Ulrich), and his friend, Jebidiah (Robinson).  Together, they set things in motion and Leanne’s daughter is kidnapped for what’s supposed to be a good month and maybe even longer.

Just when everything seems to be going Leanne’s way, a member of the local press, Nancy (Schall), decides to do some digging.  It turns out that Nancy and Leanne both attended the same high school.  It turns out that Nancy is spying on Leanne when Leanne makes a trip to the secluded home to stop Billy from harming Patty.

This film was rather predictable in that anyone could see Leanne’s decision coming a mile away.  If there’s nothing better playing–by all means, be my guest. As far as comedies go in 2017, it just hasn’t been a great year between the theaters and VOD platforms.  There’s no doubt that the cast is talented here.

Following its world premiere this past June as the closing night selection of Dances with Films, Gravitas Ventures opens Austin Found in select theaters and VOD platforms on Friday, July 7, 2017.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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