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'The Odd Way Home' is a lost cause
'The Odd Way Home' is a lost cause

The mismatch-couple, road-trip indie "The Odd Way Home" has all the hallmarks of a director — in this case, one Rajeev Nirmalakhandan — eager to announce, "Look what I can do!" What he can do is commercials, maybe. The story concerns drug-addicted singer Maya (Rumer Willis), who escapes an abusive relationship, and on a desolate stretch of New Mexico highway finds herself saddled with an autistic gas station attendant named Duncan (Chris Marquette) for a companion. But it's all so inanely conceived and written (partly by the director) that Nirmalakhandan's excesses of directing style — flash cuts, mood lighting, pointlessly elaborate shots,...

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