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.
Cast & Crew
- Rick Appleton - Bartender
- Billy Blair - Biker
- Melinda DeKay - Stern Nurse
- John Diehl - Abe
- Sam Eidson - Homeless Guy 1
- Jon Gries - Peter
- Greg Grosh - Sperm Clinic Doctor
- Rachael Harris - Linda
- Roger Hewitt - Old Motel Clerk
- Connie Hughes - Old Waitress
- Michael Hyland - Handsome Doctor
- Stephanie King - Shaunice
- Hallie Martin - White Trash Fox
- Michael Moffatt - Church Patron
- Lauren Nailen - Wigwam Clerk
- Matt O'Leary - Raymond
- Bernadette Perez - Porno Nun
- Vanessa Vander Pluym - Bitchy Waitress
- Gayland Williams - Sheila
- Mark Winslett - Bus Employee
Reviews(see the best reviews)
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.
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.
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.
I liked it. Love it? No but thought it was a simple well done film. the end was too corny. Endings are hard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awesome movie. Five stars.
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.
good story, I cried...it hit home
Karen Dalton at the end made me smile - really sweet movie
Didn't like the movie.
Rachel Harris is stunning in this film, but Matt O'Leary is the real breakthough.
I thought this was a "good" movie, I enjoyed watching it. I would recommend it.
super story writing
Pretty intersting but I liked it!
Interesting story. More confirmation that religious practices/beliefs are wacked.
Good acting overall and likeable performances..pedictable ending but sensitive handling makes the movie more than just a roadie
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.
Very good movie, I highly recommend it.
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.
Very touching and entertaining movie. Definitely recommended.