Disney's High School Musical (2006-2008) made Zac Efron a teen idol of millions of adoring female fans and green eyed boys and a household name as "Troy Bolton". And he has also excelled in other remarkable roles in Hairspray (2007), 17 Again (2009), Me and Orson Welles (2009), Charlie St. Cloud (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), The Lucky One (2012) and other films. But as "Dean Whipple" in Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price, the boy in High School Musical is now becoming a man and ready to join the big league of the next leading men of Hollywood.
In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious HENRY WHIPPLE (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son DEAN (Zac Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood.
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100Chicago Sun-Times | Roger Ebert
This is a brave, layered film that challenges the wisdom of victory at any price. Both of its central characters would slip easily into conventional plot formulas, but Bahrani looks deeply into their souls and finds so much more. Read full review
New York Post | Lou Lumenick
One of the best films released so far this year, At Any Price signals the arrival of Iranian-American Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major US directors. Read full review
New York Observer | Rex Reed
Flawed but different, well-crafted and consistently powerful, At Any Price is the best film about impoverished farmers in the economic agricultural crisis since Jean Renoir’s "The Southerner." Read full review
Wall Street Journal | Joe Morgenstern
Here's another film, along with "Mud," that's in the American grain, but a genetically conditioned grain of unforgiving fathers and overweening ambition. It's powerful stuff. Read full review