back roads review

Alex Pettyfer, probably best known to audiences as “The Kid” in Magic Mike, always aspired to be more than just a thirst trap. In many ways, he might be too handsome for his own good. Pettyfer has been on the cusp of “happening” for a decade since landing the lead role in the Alex Rider series, a YA James Bond that came too close to Harry Potter and too far from Twilight and The Hunger Games. Following years of being sold as little more than a slab of meat to lust after, it’s been an uphill battle for the actor to convince audiences that he has more to offer. With Back Roads, his first go-round in the director’s chair, Pettyfer takes his future into his own hands.

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Man, that Andrew Garfield has really got it tough. First he gets to fall in love with Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, then plays a key role in a soon to be classic, The Social Network, he’s Spider-Man for crying out loud and now he gets to sleep with Jennifer Garner.

Garfield, Garner and Marcia Gay Harden are all attached to star in Back Roads, an adaptation of a best-selling book by Tawni O’Dell that will be directed by Adrian Lyne. The pair co-wrote the screenplay about a young man forced to raise his three sisters after their mother is sent to jail for killing their abusive father. Read more after the jump. Read More »