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Winner of the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW and nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Actress for Rachael Harris, NATURAL SELECTION is a wonderfully irreverent comedy about a devoted Texas housewife whose carefully ordered world is turned upside down when she sets out to find her husband's long lost son.

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3 members found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

Watching Rachael Harris in this rather derivative and trite film is like watching a single violet flower grow out of a dry dandelion bed. She takes the main character from a suppressed middle-aged wife to a passionate independent woman with never a false turn. Just watching her face in any scene is a revelation.

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2 members found this review helpful Created 7 months ago.

The greatest of all stories is watching a character face crisis and grow emotionally and spiritually because of it. "Natural Selection" is a prime example. Rachel Harris triumphs as Linda as everything she had ever known about her life turns out to be a lie. You can almost see her maturing emotionally from scene to scene. If not for anything else, watch "Natural Selection" for her performance.

2 members found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

The lead moved through her role so easily it was hard to imagine her actions as part of a movie. One saw clearly where she came from culturally and emotionally, a cultural touch point often regarded as low class; yet there was no lack of power and determination in tackling new problems as they arose. I enjoyed watching the journey of two people as they physically and emotionally drew closer, ending the journey with the favorite film triumph, intimate physical contact i the bed. Well paced, nicely directed, it touched the heart.

Created 9 days ago.

I liked it. Love it? No but thought it was a simple well done film. the end was too corny. Endings are hard.

Created 12 days ago.

Outside of the strictures of his insane past and her moribund marriage and its obsession with Jesus, they find enough freedom in their flung together state -- each sufficiently away from friends and relatives -- to come together and be themselves, totally. The film is humorous because the hilariously dysfunctional relationship they share is so incongruous that each can only deadpan the other. While they share a tacit understanding that they are possibly becoming increasingly meant for each other, each is still surprised when real love emerges. All of the players provide the integrity needed to encourage them and keep them going in the right direction come what may.

Created 3 months ago.

I really enjoyed the way everything ended up in the conclusion more than any part of this movie. I understand that the director was trying to send a message on male dominance and religion and ghetto dudes and all that but the best part was that a real woman just wants the truth. The truth was what really liberated her.

Created 4 months ago.

Great movie. I recommend it to anyone in the need for an emotional comedy. It really opens your eyes up to how people and the world are ever-changing.

Created 5 months ago.

fascinating depiction of the conflict between "right" and "wrong". Such realistic portrayal of characters that I can't relate to but was able to empathize with. This was a new story.

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1 member found this review helpful Created about 1 year ago.

What a mess. Chaos. Complicated. Life failing. Life lived proper. Stuff happens.
"Natural Selection" walks/runs us through all the risks and details and ends with an agonizing decision having to be made. I couldn't guess ahead as to which one would be chosen, but I thoroughly agree with the final decision. Great cast, well managed, though some of the voices were too soft and some of the music was too loud for my ears. I liked the movie. Glad I watched it. I like it when there is a happy ending, even though not everyone ends up happy.

Created about 1 year ago.

The acting was very good for an indy. Matt O'Leary and Rachael Harris's various diatribes were fun to watch. White trash vs. Christian zealot. The film was also easy to finish. I can see why it did so well at the festivals.

Created over 1 year ago.

Awesome movie. Five stars.

1 member found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

WOW! I never heard of this little gem until today. Wonderful writing, wonderful performances. I was laughing at the beginning, crying near the end but was feeling so close to Linda at the end.

Created over 1 year ago.

good story, I cried...it hit home

1 member found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

Karen Dalton at the end made me smile - really sweet movie

0 of 1 members found this review helpful Created over 1 year ago.

Didn't like the movie.

Created over 1 year ago.

Love it!

Created over 1 year ago.

So likable!

Created over 1 year ago.

Rachel Harris is stunning in this film, but Matt O'Leary is the real breakthough.

Created over 1 year ago.

I thought this was a "good" movie, I enjoyed watching it. I would recommend it.

Created almost 2 years ago.

super story writing

Created almost 2 years ago.

Pretty intersting but I liked it!

Created almost 2 years ago.

Interesting story. More confirmation that religious practices/beliefs are wacked.

Created almost 2 years ago.

Good acting overall and likeable performances..pedictable ending but sensitive handling makes the movie more than just a roadie

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1 member found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

Stunningly real characters, with stellar performance by Rachael Harris. I could so feel the subtle, but eventual profound shift in emotion in her dealing with each aspect of concern for her husband and in all her escapades in finding and becoming acquainted with his son. Not so comedic, but touching and sincere.

Created almost 2 years ago.

Very good movie, I highly recommend it.

1 member found this review helpful Created about 2 years ago.

Rachael Harris just quietly gave the greatest performance of the year. Even an Oscar wouldn't do justice to this fine acting. Girl is in a category of her own, at the top, stunningly.

Created about 2 years ago.

Very touching and entertaining movie. Definitely recommended.

Created about 2 years ago.

Oddly likable.

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