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Review: Natural Selection

Robbie Pickering's road movie
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 3, 2012
2.0 2.0 Stars

So memorable as Ed Helms's harridan wife in The Hangover, Rachael Harris is a natural for a lead role. Unfortunately, newcomer Robbie Pickering probably wasn't the best selection as the writer/director for this talented woman's starring debut. With easygoing good looks downplayed by frumpy hair and a lack of makeup, she smolders in mom jeans as the Christian spouse of Abe (John Diehl), who hasn't touched the barren woman in years due to his belief that sex without possibility of procreation is a sin. So imagine her shock when he suffers a stroke in the sperm donation center he's been secretly visiting for 25 years. Ever the dutiful wife, Linda grants his dying wish, setting off from Houston to Tampa to find Raymond (Matt O'Leary), the escaped-con/son Abe's sired. Yes, it's a road movie, and an unfortunate drama begging to be a comedy. Harris gives it her all, despite Pickering's inability to steer a vehicle worthy of her talents.

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