The Best Bar in America

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  • 2017
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 7.1  (200)

The Best Bar in America is a 2009 independent film directed by Damon Ristau and produced by Eric d'Arbeloff. The movie revolves around a legendary bartender named Fitz, played by David Ackroyd, who embarks on a road trip with his young apprentice, Colton, played by Gregory T. Collett, to find the best bar in America. The movie is set in rural Montana, where Fitz owns a small roadside bar that has seen better days. One day, Fitz receives a letter from an old friend who claims to have found the best bar in America. Fitz is intrigued and decides to hit the road with Colton to find the bar and see if it's worthy of its title.

As the duo travels across the country, they encounter various bar owners and patrons, and each bar they visit leaves a lasting impression on them. Along the way, they also come across a retired actress named Taffy, who accompanies them on their journey.

The Best Bar in America is not just a movie about finding the best bar. It's a story about the art of bartending, the importance of human connections, and the pursuit of a dream. Throughout their journey, Fitz and Colton engage in philosophical conversations about the essence of bartending, the history of bars, and the role of alcohol in human culture.

The cinematography of the movie is breathtaking, with sweeping shots of the American countryside, quaint small towns, bustling cities, and of course, the bars themselves. The movie's soundtrack is equally impressive, featuring an eclectic mix of genres, from blues to country to indie rock.

One of the standout performances in the movie is by John Ansotegui, who plays a cantankerous bartender in New Orleans. His performance is both hilarious and poignant, as he dispenses his odd brand of wisdom to Fitz and Colton.

Another memorable scene is when Fitz and Colton stumble upon a group of bikers in Texas who are drinking at a bar that is parked on the back of a flatbed truck. The bikers challenge Fitz to make them his signature drink, and he rises to the occasion, much to Colton's amazement.

Although the movie has its comedic moments, it is ultimately a thoughtful and introspective look at the meaning of life, the pursuit of happiness, and the human condition. The characters in the movie are flawed but endearing, and the themes of friendship, loyalty, and finding one's purpose resonate deeply.

In conclusion, The Best Bar in America is a must-see movie for anyone who appreciates a good story, excellent cinematography, and memorable characters. It's a movie about the journey, not just the destination, and it reminds us that life is about the people we meet along the way and the experiences we share.

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  • Runtime
    1 hr 28 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (200)