“Road Hard” — Depiction Of Lovely New Hampshire & Vermont Shameful!
by Anura Guruge
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Note that it was all filmed in California.
And that is a PROBLEM.
We watched this on Amazon Prime the last couple of nights. I liked it. It was funnier and more poignant than the reviews give it credit.
Having spent a LOT of my life, on the road, doing seminars (which, in my case in particular, were basically long, very long, comedy routines (without nay bad language)), I could relate to this. I was even familiar with some of the situations portrayed.
I liked that New Hampshire and then Vermont were introduced as out-of-the-way places. Essentially as far as you can get from California without actually mentioning Maine. That they even had a couple of gags about New Hampshire not having any comedy clubs was cute.
What I did not like — actually what I object to — is that they FILMED the New Hampshire, and for that matter the Vermont segment, in California. They tried to throw in some trees, greenery and lakes BUT it looked so, so fake. The purported house in New Hampshire didn’t look like anything you would find in New Hampshire and the town name was fake. The FUNNIEST was the country store they showed. Wow. Talk about being UP SCALE. You wouldn’t find anything that fancy — not even in Bar Harbor (and that is in Maine). I resent that.
And the College in Vermont. New England Colleges, by and large, do not have Spanish architectural overtones.
Yes, I realize that they were making this low-budget movie on the cheap, using crowd funding, but this was poor.