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Watch the Trailer and an Exclusive Clip from Anna Paquin Pot-Dealing Thriller Free Ride

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Watch the Trailer and an Exclusive Clip from Anna Paquin Pot-Dealing Thriller <em>Free Ride</em>
Watch the Trailer and an Exclusive Clip from Anna Paquin Pot-Dealing Thriller <em>Free Ride</em>

True Blood star Anna Paquin swaps out blood suckers for drug pushers in the forthcoming Free Ride, a pot-smuggling thriller that’s set in 1970s Florida, and opens in select theaters and on VOD platforms this Friday. Written and directed by Shana Betz, who based the material on her own life story, the movie co-stars Sopranos vet Drea de Matteo, who plays Sandy, the woman who shows Paquin’s Christina the ropes of an underworld (de Matteo’s inclusion makes Free Ride a union of HBO princesses to boot). We’ve got an exclusive clip from the film below, along with the official, just-released poster and trailer. But first, check out a quick synopsis from distributor Phase 4 Films:

“In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida’s smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down.”

Understanding Screenwriting #5: A Girl Cut in Two, Tired of Kissing Frogs, Towelhead, True Blood, 90210, & More

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Understanding Screenwriting #5: <em>A Girl Cut in Two</em>, <em>Tired of Kissing Frogs</em>, <em>Towelhead</em>, <em>True Blood</em>, <em>90210</em>, & More
Understanding Screenwriting #5: <em>A Girl Cut in Two</em>, <em>Tired of Kissing Frogs</em>, <em>Towelhead</em>, <em>True Blood</em>, <em>90210</em>, & More

Coming Up In This Column: A Girl Cut in Two; Tired of Kissing Frogs; Towelhead; True Blood; 90210; How the West Was Won, but first…

Fan Mail: I agree with Chris about Jason Bateman being very good in Arrested Development and almost added a line to that effect after my comment on him and Garner in Juno, though I think the role in Juno is a much trickier part to bring off. In Development he is a straight man to the wonderful loons in the Bluth family, but in Juno he is revealing character while maintaining a balance between the light and the dark side. I give him points for “degree of difficulty,” like they do in diving.

“The Way of the Future” wondered about some of my other thoughts on Vicky Cristina Barcelona, since I only dealt with the narration, which in answer to his question I did find so overbearing I had trouble enjoying the rest of the film. I should note, however, that what I am doing in this column is exploring screenwriting rather than just writing reviews. So there are all kinds of things in the films and television shows I write about that don’t get mentioned. Later on in this column I write about the series True Blood without once mentioning that the great Lois Smith, whom I have been a fan of since East of Eden in 1955, is playing the grandmother. She’s a good reason all by herself to watch the show.