‘The Motel Life’ movie review: Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff star as brothers in a bittersweet tale

November 8, 2013 2:10 PM

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‘The Motel Life’ movie review: Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff star as brothers in a bittersweet tale

One night, he kills a boy while driving, but rather than call the cops, he drops the body off near a hospital then sets fire to his car. Much of the movie deals with whether the men should stay put in Reno or flee to another town.

The idea of escape is also the theme of a subplot about Frank’s incredible storytelling abilities. Growing up, he would usher Jerry Lee and himself into another world where they had heroic escapades and romantic dalliances. Frank still tends to spin a good yarn, and when he does, the movie breaks in...

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