Passenger Side

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Passenger Side
Passenger Side Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Matthew Bissonnette
Produced by Adam Scott
Matthew Biasonnette
Corey Marr
Screenplay by Matthew Bissonnette
Starring Adam Scott
Joel Bissonnette
Robin Tunney
Gale Harold
Cinematography Jonathon Cliff
Edited by Matthew Hannam
Distributed by

Strand Releasing
IFC Films
Corey Marr Productions

Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)
Release dates
June 2009
Running time
85 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Passenger Side is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Matthew Bissonnette and produced by Corey Marr. It stars Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette and Robin Tunney. The film premiered at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival before screening at numerous film festivals worldwide including the Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, and Whistler Film Festival. The film won the Citytv Award for Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival and was named one of "Canada's Top Ten" films of 2009 by the Toronto International Film Festival.

"Passenger Side" was released theatrically in Canada in May 2009 by Corey Marr Productions and Kinosmith. It has been picked up by Strand Releasing in the U.S., and IFC Films internationally.


On the morning of his thirty-seventh birthday, Michael Brown (Adam Scott) receives a telephone call from his estranged drug addicted brother Tobey (Joel Bissonnette). The two travel in an old BMW across Los Angeles in search of Tobey’s “reason for living”, which Michael believes is something/someone deeply personal while Tobey is actually looking for cheap drugs. At various stops, Michael phones his girlfriend, leaving messages professing his love and a desire to spend his birthday together. Tobey eventually informs Michael that his own ex-girlfriend called recently, and the two plan to get married as soon as possible. The brothers’ search leads them through a bizarre, beautiful land filled with surprising, comical characters to a very unexpected and magical destination, complete with Michael's girlfriend and Tobey's fiancée.


  • Adam Scott as Michael
  • Joel Bissonnette as Tobey
  • Richard Medina as Man with Knife
  • Mickey Cottrell as Suspicious Man
  • Vitta Quinn as Carla
  • Dimitri Coats as Goofus
  • Victor Martinez as Alberto
  • Roberto Enrique as Manuel
  • Penelope Allen as Henrietta
  • Kimberly Huie as Laurie
  • Greg Dulli as Porn Director
  • Gale Harold as Karl
  • Maja Miletich as Karen
  • Rachael Santhon as Anna
  • Adam Balsam as Porn PA
  • Travis Walck as Gas Station Attendant
  • Sean Parker as Dog
  • Robin Tunney as Theresa


Music features heavily in the film, including songs by numerous Canadian performers, such as D.O.A., Leonard Cohen, and SNFU.


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