Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

He has a way with memory pieces.

If you take a look at the filmography of writer/director Tim McCanlies, three films pop out — The Iron Giant, Secondhand Lions, and this underrated tale of four recent high school grads debating moving to the big city.

Perfectly capturing life in rural America, the movie follows this pack of best friends across one weekend, as the approach of the bus nears.

Will they honor their middle school agreement to flee their small town or stay to help keep the flyspeck on a map chugging forward?

Beautifully written and acted, it’s a small gem.

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