Director David Gordon Green has two sides to him. There’s the melancholy side he showed us in All the Real Girls
, full of long, quiet takes and poignant, reticent heartbreak, and then there’s the wild and crazy side he showed us in Pineapple Express
, full of bitingly ridiculous slapstick and excellent weed jokes. His latest effort, 2013’s Prince Avalanche
, strives to combine these two sides, but in the end it’s sadder than it is silly.
The story concerns Alvin (Paul Rudd), an overly serious road worker, and Lance (Emile Hirsch), a hard-partying kid who just happens to be the brother of Alvin’s girlfriend Madison. The film takes place in 19...