Old Joy

Synopsis: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kelly Reichardt
Production: Kino International
  5 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
76 min

Leave a message, we'll call you back.

Hey, it's Kurt. I am calling you.

I'm in town. Just hoping you're around.

I don't know if you're there or what...

Pick it up, man. You will not regret it.

Hey, Kurt...

So you're here?

Where're you stayin'?

Yeah, thanks. The rumors are true.

Naa, we didnt wanna know.

Oh yeah? What've you got? Lay it on.

Sure... I could be into that.

I could use some time in

the woods, absolutely.

Yeah... I think that would be

cool. Let me just run it by Tanya.

I'll call you in ten... Right on.


Don't ask my permission...

I said I'll run it by you.

He wants to check out some hot

springs near Daketa, camp out tonight.

Get an early start tomorrow,

be home by... noon I'd say.

Look, if it's gonna be

a problem I'll just...

call him back and tell him 'I can't go.'

Hey... you should come too.

You're totally welcome.

You know... that'd be fun.

I'm not exactly up for camping.

It's probably gonna rain anyway.

Could rain all day...

Look you just waiting for

me to tell you to go...

We know you're going so I don't know

why we have to go through this thing...

of me letting you off the hook.

I'm not gonna enjoy myself if

you are... miserable about it.

Go in, Lucy, Go in.

that'd be Eleven Nine. Hugh How are you?

Very good. How are you today?

Good, Thanks.

I'm callin' in...

I never could understand

why Lyndon Johnson...

became the champion of

the Civil Rights Movement.

...are you talking about? I

mean the Voting Rights Act...

was a great thing.

Oh Yes...

- It was the...

It was the beginning,

literally the beginning of

American democracy.

I grew up in a state...

It also became the foundation of the...

Southern Strategy.

He said we've delivered the South to the

Republican Party for a long

time when he signed...

the Act.

I mean is that what

you're talking about?


You said it with regret...

These were all wedge issues.

When Reagan talked about...

He's for State's rights.

All it was, it was just

a veiled way of saying...

'He's a Racist.'

When Nixon talked about 'Law and Order',

that's what he was talking about.

He was talking about the...

Think about this. You had... Lee Atwater...

kickin' around when

all these guys were...

devising the Southern Strategy.


Including Karl Rove, he's taken the

Southern Strategy to the next step,

and that's to divide

us by way of religion.

So, I don't think you're insane.

But, I mean... is here sayin'...

- Not Really.

I'll tell you... I'll tell you this.

I agree with the fact that...

May I interject here?

- Yeah.

I didn't call up and assert that

Lyndon Johnson did this,

I asked a question.

But Bobby reacted as

if I was asserting it.

And then he starts calling names.

Let me go back...

- It was a bad question.

Listen Bobby...

there's no such thing

as a bad question...




Hey man.

Hey, Kurt.

I brought a cooler.

Take it. And a wagon. And a TV.

You're looking good.

- Really? I wish.

He hasn't sold the house yet?

No, not yet. But my days are

numbered here.

I'm really glad you could come.

I didn't know if you could make it

on such short notice,

everyone's so busy now.

You know I had a dream about you

the other night? Where you're...

in like a hospital or something.

It was really weird.

But you were the best

thing about it by far.

That's cool...

How's Ashlyn?

Ashlyn? Amazing.


I'm at a whole new place now really.

Aw you've really got it all goin' on.

Hell yeah.

Where's your sh*t?

- It's in the car. I've got the dog too.

Really? Why don't we take your ride.

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Jonathan Raymond

Jonathan Raymond is an American writer living in Portland, Oregon. He is best known for writing the novels The Half-Life and Rain Dragon, and for writing the short stories and screenplays for the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy (both directed by Kelly Reichardt). He also wrote the screenplays for Meek's Cutoff and Night Moves, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his teleplay writing on the HBO miniseries, Mildred Pierce. more…

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