For years, Doug Collins has been working a soul-sucking job and coming home to an increasingly loveless relationship. After his girlfriend moves out, Doug pushes himself to live a more fulfilling life starting with a challenging trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This unconventional dramedy features performances by Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker,True Blood, Boardwalk Empire), and Abigail Spencer (Oz the Great and Powerful) and comedian Jim Gaffigan.


“Kilimanjaro” plays like a kick to the teeth. So much of the material feels real, that you almost want to see Doug Collins living happily years later. This film is a giant middle finger to the wish-fulfillment that populates so much youth and collegiate age movies. Nobody thinks you’re special and this film is no different. It’s just sad that Jim Gaffigan had to be the one to break it down for you.

I have to say that I like touching movies about people finding purpose. Especially, when the rest of society enjoys placing its foot on the back of those that wish to climb higher. The film turns cliche on its ear and Brian Geraghty sells the personal drive to be something better at every turn. It’s just that the real world doesn’t care if you’re a snowflake that wants to try to make a difference. The world wants perfectly crafted pieces that keep the grand machine going. Anything else is either to be developed on its own time or left to the machinations of other people. Reality sucks, people.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an indie drama. The transfer is pretty solid for a quiet movie. I just wish the Dolby track would’ve been mixed louder, some dialogue does get stepped on. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014

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