Evergreen

 (84)6.21 h 37 min2020X-Ray16+
What started as a carpool ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco slowly turns into the road trip of a lifetime. Ben (Scott Keiji Takeda) and Sam (Hannah Leigh) take to the iconic Pacific Coast Highway and realize that the farther they drive, the closer they grow, and those forces that kept them looking back are being left far behind.
Directors
Paul Goodman
Starring
Hannah LeighScott Keiji TakedaJosh Reynolds
Genres
ComedyRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Annika FosterDavid LunaMaggie EganMelanie Arii MahMarshall Royse
Producers
Paul Goodman
Studio
Eight East Productions
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3.9 out of 5 stars

84 global ratings

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  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 11% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 14% of reviews have 1 stars

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Quinn VitaReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful love letter to the PCH and the sublime heartache of young adulthood
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Evergreen is a stunning debut beautifully helmed by first time feature film director Paul Goodman. The perfect quarantine escape, I found myself completely immersed in this love story set against the backdrop of the rugged, wildly beautiful and obscenely romantic Pacific Coast Highway. It’s fitting terrain for the protagonists, who are traversing the sublimely precarious landscape of young adulthood. Their conversations effortlessly wander from playful hypothetical alien encounters to whimsical French linguistic theorizing, to guileless contemplations on matters of the heart. Their dialogue (written by the phenomenal Mr. Goodman, as well!) is remarkably genuine. You’re immediately transported back into that moment when you’re falling for someone, and you stay up all night talking to them, night after night. You could talk to them forever, about nothing, and about everything.

Hannah Leigh is effervescent as Sam, instantly charming and alluring. Unlike Ben, she’s not afraid to lean into the angst of our 20s, wearing her tragic past and self pronounced skepticism regarding love and marriage as armor. Leigh poignantly conveys the exquisite heartache attached to the extraordinary heights of each peak and the abysmal depths of each valley, the uncomfortable intensity of feelings that I cannot be alone in personally attaching to that high school to mid 20s stage of human existence. Scott Takeda is delightful as Ben, providing us with flawless impressions (the Attenborough inspired take, in particular, literally made me cry from laughter) and an enduring sense of unabashed, beguiling idealism. Ephemeral, stolen glances and the subtle, occasional hesitation in his otherwise cheerful bantering allude to some element of unspoken tragedy driving the sincerity of his idealism, his joy for life, adventure and human connection. I would run away with him, too.
11 people found this helpful
BabsReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lovely, intelligent film.
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I just watched Paul Goodman’s beautiful film Evergreen. It brought back a sense of freedom and longing that I had in my youth - and hope to rediscover when we (now ‘seniors’) hit the open road for extended trips in a camper this year.

The two main actors were wonderful. I’ll definitely look for Scott Keiji Takeda in more films; he brought such depth and integrity to his character and, for me, he really carried the film. Hannah Leigh was lovely and perfect as Sam, also. Great performances from both.

I highly recommend this gem of a film. It’s intelligently written, with just the right amount of humor, romance, and internal struggles that come with being alive. Enjoy.
9 people found this helpful
Bionka ChiReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fall in love with the PCH all over again
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This movie reminds me of why I love the west coast. There are some great scenes along the Pacific Coast Highway. The whole crew and cast are brilliant. They really captured the essence of the entire drive up the coast. The feeling, the nostalgia. Hannah Leigh & Scott Keiji graciously bring the story to light. It is really romantic, a love story to the PCH and gave me some chuckles.
7 people found this helpful
Peggy E. Pate-SmithReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great date night flick!
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Keeping things fresh when you are doing long-distance dating is challenging. My boyfriend and I watched this as our first long-distance "movie night". We both made peanut butter popcorn then sat back to watch this gem. We loved the development of the characters and the scenery. Just two people falling in love with life and each other. This is a filmmaker to watch, brilliant camera angles and pace. Loved it!
5 people found this helpful
sharonReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
FIRST TIME FILM DIRECTOR - GOOD TRY
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The music track was incredibly loud, sometimes making it impossible to hear dialog...maybe intentional? Too many characters that weren't interesting. Maybe a lot of first time actors, too... I would have given one star, but for a first directorial film, I want to be kinder. The description is way too over zealous for what this film actually is - big let down.... Through the whole film I was watching actors attempting to act, not characters in a story. Fell way short.
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KEHReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Trip Down Memory Lane
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This movie had a raw realness to it. It reminded me of a trip I took with an ex boyfriend from Walnut Creek, CA to Monterey Bay, CA down the Pacific Coast Highway. I think everyone can relate a bit to the two main characters - in one way or another; we have all been in similar situations regarding our emotions - falling for someone, while simultaneously being afraid that you will get hurt and wanting to escape the complexities of your life. I think this movie will make viewers remember an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or an unexpected brief romance. It might even trigger a memory of a romance long forgotten.
3 people found this helpful
Judith D. JonesReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Memories!
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I absolutely loved this movie. I grew up near San Francisco, so all of the scenery - Highway 1, Golden Gate Bridge, the coastline, the redwoods were just totally alluring. And the storyline was also very lovely. Some clever scenes such as the sister cooking - so well done. And the old Chevy Bel Air! And the music. I could not stop watching.
4 people found this helpful
tlmorrisReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
surprisingly sweet
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I'm not much for romances, but I'm moving soon from Texas to Washington and wanted to see the scenery in this little film. I wasn't prepared to find the chemistry between the two main characters so realistically sweet and to find myself giggling out loud at their fun banter. Really enjoyed this little unplugging-from-the-world moment on film. Thank you.
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