HIGHLAND PARK, a collaboration between director Andrew Meieran, co-writers Meieran and Christopher Keyser, and a good ensemble cast. Along with that anger is a healthy understanding that something must be done to salvage the cities and towns of America before everything is in hock to the one per cent. If this means that a small group of citizens must roll up its collective sleeves and rebuild the infrastructure of a town like Highland Park (a suburb of Detroit), so be it.
Parker Posey, above, plays the city's nasty, self-serving mayor) are routed all too easily via the the usual routine.
Rockmond Dunbar, Kimberly Elise and John Carroll Lynch realize that they have actually won the millions of dollars on tap.
Billy Burke, above, left, and Danny Glover, at right) -- which is slowly dying, as is the rest of the town, due to lack of funds. Mr. Meieran, after beginning his film with newsreel footage from the 1950s, shows us the wreck of this little city that is left, and it's one hell of a depressing sight.
Bo Derek as a waitress), urgent economic problems and a sad-'n-happy combination of various family lives (that's Eric Laden and Deborah Ann Woll, above) makes for an interesting but untidy melange. We can appreciate the good performances, the urgency in the situation at hand, and the filmmaker's desire to do something about all this -- but we can't help wishing that he had been able to put it all together more cogently and believably.
Tribeca Films, began its VOD run last week. Click here to learn where and how you can VOD it (but Tribeca really should update the web page on this film -- if it is indeed currently available On Demand).