Narrative by Joel David Moore
At a certain point during this film, all I could hear was sniffing. I'm pretty sure the whole theater was crying, but we were all trying desperately not to lose our composure. It's a sad movie, it really is, but it's the fact that it's so relatable that really gets those tears flowing. The story is about Raymond Engersoll (Frank Langella), who takes a road-trip to Oregon with the intention of ending his life, since euthanasia is legal in that state. Raymond's daughter (Christina Applegate) is appalled he would even consider such a thing and forces her husband (Billy Crudup) to drive along with Raymond in order to convince him not to go through with this plan.
The trip turns into a hilarious disaster that rings truer than most road-trip comedies, but also tackles issues of life, loss and what it means to be a family. Langella gives an amazing performance as the most stubborn grandpa every one of knows all too well and can't help but love.
The performances of the supporting cast, which also includes Josh Lucas as Raymond's estranged son and Mary Kay Place as his unconcerned wife, are just as poignant and entertaining and lend truth to the depiction of a modern family. Ultimately, Youth In Oregon paints a comedic and heartfelt picture about the complexities of euthanasia and the value of living the life you're given.