What Alice Found (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

What Alice Found (2003)



Critic Consensus: A modest, nicely acted road movie.

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A naïve woman is lured into the world's oldest profession in this independent drama. Alice (Emily Grace) is a woman in her early twenties who still isn't sure what she wants to do with her life; unhappy at home with her mother and dissatisfied with her job, one day Alice decides to drop everything and move to Florida, where a close friend is studying marine biology. En route, Alice's car breaks down, and she's picked up by a friendly middle-aged couple in a large and comfortable RV, Sandra (Judith Ivey) and Bill (Bill Raymond). Alice takes an immediate liking to Sandra, who seems like the sort of mother she always wished she had: warm, funny, and nurturing. After a few days of traveling with Sandra and Bill, Alice discovers to her surprise that Sandra makes her living as a prostitute, while Sandra suggests to Alice that there are a lot worse ways to pay the bills. Sandra and Bill offer to set Alice up in the business and act as her "agents" in exchange for 25 percent of her earnings, and soon Alice is "entertaining" truck drivers for 200 dollars an hour. Alice not only gives her new benefactors a quarter of her earnings, but trusts them with holding on to her savings, a decision Alice lives to regret.

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Tim Hayes
as Danny
John Knox
as Trooper
David Rose
as Rough Trucker
Clint Jordan
as Lot Trucker
Michael C. Maronna
as Alice's boyfriend
Laura Poe
as Julie's Mom
Lisa Balkun
as Young Alice
Brian De Benedictis
as John at the Bar
Martin Pfefferkorn
as Lot Trucker
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Critic Reviews for What Alice Found

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12)

It plays like a walk on the wild side dreamed up in a Starbucks.

May 21, 2004

An almost constantly surprising coming-of-age film with a dark twist that manages to take the high road with what is well-exploited material.

May 20, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A solid character piece that deftly probes the complicity of both sides in a morally dubious relationship.

December 23, 2003

Ivey is fascinating, cooing nonstop in a cozy Southern accent, friendly and accepting, but also observant and oddly unknowable. It's a performance that even gets better on second viewing.

December 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sweet, suspenseful, funny, poignant -- and adult.

December 19, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The movie looks like TV from beginning to end, and accentuates the other major compromise of its meager budget.

December 5, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for What Alice Found


Ultra low-budget yet effective road movie as Alice, an awkward "New Hampshah" teenager, travels to Florida with a seemingly normal Southern couple near their fifties. Except she comes to discover this 'normal' couple actually moonlights as mom & pop truck-stop hookers. Alice is running from her own troubles, and running low on money... Often low-key and matter-of-fact with a distinctly unglamorous depiction of sex and an astute understanding of youthful minds. There were contrivances at a couple key turning points but nothing near a deal-breaker. I really liked how they alluded to the title's origin during a phonecall near the end, and the scene that summed up Alice's experiences after a week with this couple when she went to buy cigarettes and handed her I.D. to the cashier: {Peering quizzically} "Is this supposed to be you?" "Of course it's me." {Shrugs, handing her I.D. back} "If you say so."

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Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer


What a nice surprise! I had my doubts that a low budget film about a lot lizard would be good, but I found this is an interesting movie. Good acting, and a good setting, made all the more real by the low budget filming. It is not slick, or insulting. Just a very nice character study. Very decent little Indie flick.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A gritty tale of a young woman who makes a series of bad choices and discovers that what she was running from wasn't as bad as she thought. The story is a bit predictable, the accents are phony, and the cinematography is low-budget all the way, but there is some gold here anyway. The characters are well drawn and the interaction amongst the husband (Bill Raymond) and wife (Emily Grace) truck stop team and the young girl (Judith Ivey) they befriend is actually somewhat nuanced. The lure of easy money proves capable of breaking down Alice's resistance and provides the means by which she eventually grows up. Not a deep, psychological study, just an entertaining, small, unpolished gem.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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