Rated R · 105 minutes · 2013

There is a pretty good film called Goodbye Solo that you may want to check out. It’s a great introduction to filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. But Bahrani is a bit taxed by his latest, At Any Price, which conjoins two plots that aren’t particularly interesting and uses them to form a perimeter around his real subject, the plight of the modern American farmer. Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) is a farmer in Iowa, beset not only by professional problems but also personal ones. Whipple’s son (Zac Efron) is a rebellious NASCAR driver who finds making his own way just as difficult. The racing scenes have some impact and are well composed, but the rest of the film never resonates the way it should. In part, that’s because the full story never materializes for the actors. In part, it’s because Bahrani mistakenly tries a velvet glove approach to a movie about policy.
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Producer: Christine Vachon, Ramin Bahrani, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi, Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Ron Curtis, Mohammed Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Chelcie Ross, Red West, Maika Monroe and Ben Marten


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Indy Week N.C. native Ramin Bahrani on At Any Price, the state of movies, and Roger Ebert's death Ramin Bahrani, a Winston-Salem native, has charted an unlikely path to making a film with Zac Efron in the cornfields of Iowa. by David Fellerath 05/22/2013
SF Weekly "At Any Price": Death of a Corn Salesman by Sherilyn Connelly 05/01/2013
Indy Week Them Iowa boys mean business in At Any Price Director Ramin Bahrani's stark farmland drama chronicles one family's moral decay among the amber waves of grain. by Glenn McDonald 05/22/2013
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