Movie Review: Youth in Oregon


Now available on DVD and Digital Download is the comedy/drama Youth in Oregon. 

The film stars Christina Applegate, Billy Crudup, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, and Frank Langella.

The film has been labeled as a comedy/drama, but I found it to be more of a drama. There were are few “giggle worthy” moments, but 99% of the film is dramatic, and frankly, very depressing.

Youth in Oregon stars Frank Langella as Raymond. Raymond has just found out that he is not a good candidate for surgery on his heart. Not wanting to just wait around to die, he decides on his 80th birthday that he wants to travel to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.

His family is not too keen on his decision, especially his daughter Kate (Applegate). Raymond said he’ll walk if he had to. To prevent him from doing that (and hopefully change his mind), Kate offers to drive him. That is until an incident at school involving their teenager daughter prevents her from making the trip. Instead she sends her husband Brain in her place.

Brian is not happy that his in-laws (Raymond and Estelle) live with him, Kate and their family. He’d love to get Ray out of his house, but not this way.

Brian thinks he can use this road trip to change Ray’s mind about wanting to die.

As you can imagine there are a lot of adventures along the way, and a lot of soul-searching and thought provoking conversations.

Will Ray make it to Oregon? Will he go through with the assisted suicide? To find out you need to pick up or download Youth in Oregon. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

You would think that such touchy subject matter that this film would be more of a comedy to make light of it – but it’s not. I found the film to be very depressing. It brought me down! I don’t know about you, but I try NOT to think about my own mortality. While watching this film, and even after it was long over, I couldn’t help but think about when it’s my time to “go.”

Frank Langella did a great job in his role of Ray. Kudos to a job well done. The only problem is that I couldn’t really connect with his character. He was a bit too crotchety for me to really feel for his character.

I also think they could have come up with a better “family emergency” that prevented Kate from making the trip with her father than the one they came up with involving their daughter. I realize stuff like that does happen (sad to say), but another reason would have been more appropriate. I would have settled for a business trip she couldn’t get out of.

Although the film was depressing, it was also entertaining. I found myself wanting to hold on to the last minute to see what finally happens to Ray (Does he die? Is it assisted suicide?…).

This is NOT a family friendly film. It’s too “deep” for younger viewers. I honestly don’t think my kids would have wanted to watch it either (they are 17 and 20 years old). My husband was “on the fence.” He liked it but didn’t love the film.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are  my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.