In Eugene, Oregon, Mercer, 19, wants to tell his wayward half-brother, 18 years older than he, that their mother has died. He has an address in Shelter Cove, so he steals a car from a car wash and heads south. Nothing is simple: his brother is gone, but he left resentment Mercer has to deal with. He gets an address in Reno and stops in Fallon to hook up with a girl he knew in middle school. Reno's a bust, but she promises sex if Mercer will drive her and two friends to Mohave. His plans go awry. From time to time, the car's owner calls him on a cell phone left in the car. Her arch but friendly voice gives Mercer needed empathy. Will he ever find his brother, and if so, what then?
Life doesn't come with a roadmap.
Did You Know?
The high school at the beginning of the film is Martin Hynes
's former school. During filming, student extras found his picture in old yearbooks. See more
How's your mother? She was always a bit weird.
She's good. She's on her walkabout.
What? What's a walkabout?
She's in Australia. It's kind of like a bar mitzvah.
References Band of Outsiders
One Life Away
Written by M. Ward
Arrangement by Ben Medler
Performed by The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra All Stars See more