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Friday, February 20, 2009

SHERMAN'S WAY

By D.E.Levine

Written by: Tom Nance
Directed by: Craig M. Saavedra 2008
Produced by: Craig M. Saavedra, Michael Shulman, Tom Nance
Cast: Michael Shulman, James LeGros, Enrico Colantoni, Brooke Nevin, Donna Murphy, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Lacey Chabert
Rating: NR
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Sherman's Way is a warm, funny, feel good film that gets you to like it despite your resistance. Michael Shulman, as Sherman, a recent Yale Law School graduate is a mama's boy following mama's preplanned destiny for him. After what's probably the only impetuous act of his life, Sherman is stranded in California and needs a ride to a law internship in Beverly Hills. That's when he meets James LeGros, perfectly cast as a disgruntled former Olympic ski competitor named Palmer.

Although Palmer is immature and driving a stolen MGB roadster, his warmth and attitude towards life act as a cushion against Sherman's many neuroses. The warmth that Palmer exudes eventually melts Sherman's uptight attitude and results in a beautiful film. Cinematography done mainly in California wine country is also beautiful and easy to watch as the friendship develops, leaving Sherman a changed human being by the end of the trip.

Made in 2008 and released on the film festival circuit where it won several awards, the film opens in limited distribution in February 2009.