Kwik Stop is a 2001 American independent road movie written and directed by Michael Gilio.
The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival on April 21 2001.
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Lucky (Michael Gilio) is an aspiring actor on his way to Hollywood. He makes one last stop near his hometown at a Kwik Stop, where teenage local Didi (Lara Phillips) catches him shoplifting and blackmails him into letting her come along to California. The two of them spend their first night together in the honeymoon suite of a roadside motel, where they smoke pot, have sex, and proclaim deep love for one another. When Didi wakes up in an empty bed the next morning, Lucky and Didi’s tumultuous journey has truly begun.
- Lara Phillips as Didi
- Michael Gilio as Lucky
- Karin Anglin as Ruthie
- Rich Komenich as Emil
- Sunny Siegel as Sunny
- Guy Barile as Ticket Teller
- Pat McCartney as Bartender
- Margaret Kusterman as Bev
- Christian Stolte as Cop #1
- James Ike Eichling as Cop #2
- Margaret Travolta as Juvie Nurse
- Caitlin Hart as Motel Owner
- Bob Brueler as Judge
The film was shot on Super-16 for 18 days on a low budget in the Chicagoland area.
The film played the international film festival circuit for several years including South by Southwest, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Los Angeles International Film Festival and Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival (Ebertfest).
The film had a limited theatrical run at Facets Multimedia in Chicago, released on DVD through iFilm and acquired digitally by FilmBuff.
Kwik Stop holds a 62% audience approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 250+ reviews, and a 100% Tomatometer based on 5 reviews.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times called it “bold, fresh, and totally original. One of the unsung treasures of recent independent filmmaking.”
Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader said the movie has “so many curves and anomalies in this unpredictable and at times cryptic low-budget independent feature, that I'm tempted to call it an experimental film masquerading as something more conventional. There's no way to shake off the experience.” Scott Tobias at The A.V. Club says “Kwik Stop captures the rhythms and language of its Midwestern locale with rare fidelity, oscillating between quirky comedy and weighty drama; the film’s wayward tone is hard to pin down, but it’s also a testament to Gilio’s ability to shift naturally from one tone to another without losing his footing.”  Joshua Land of the Village Voice said “unabashedly movie-conscious and quietly formalist”  Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune called Kwik Stop “a funny, evocative and constantly surprising low budget anti-road movie. One of the year’s best American indies; you won’t forget it soon.”  Merle Bertrand of Film Threat wrote "By turns infuriating, charming, wistful and annoying, "Kwik Stop" winds up a touching, if frustrating film." 
Charles Taylor from Slate wrote, “an indie scene that can find no place for a Kwik Stop because it has no stars, because it is too original, is an indie scene that should be taken behind the barn with a shotgun.”
Directed by Michael Gilio Produced By Rachel Tenner Scott R. Casty Written by Michael Gilio Starring Lara Phillips
Karin Anglin Rich Komenich Cinematography David H. Blood Edited by Chris McKay Production Company Kwik Stop LLC Distributed by iFilm, FilmBuff, Gunpowder & Sky Release Date April 21, 2001 (LA Film Festival)
October 11, 2002 (Facets Multi-Media, Inc.)
Running time 110 minutes Country United States Language English
- Hubbard, L. Rob (Winter 2004) “Why ‘Kwik Stop’ Is Still On The Go” Micro-Film #6 https://www.micro-film-magazine.com/mf06.php Retrieved January 28, 2021
- "Kwik Stop (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 7 2021
- Ebert, Roger (October 11, 2002) “‘Kwik Stop’ audience in store for a treat” Chicago Sun Times, https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/kwik-stop-2002 Retrieved January 28, 2021
- Rosenbaum, Jonathan (October 11, 2002) “Critic’s Choice” Chicago Reader https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/kwik-stop/Content?oid=909926
- Tobias, Scott (October 11, 2002) “Kwik Stop” review https://film.avclub.com/kwik-stop-1798197933
- Land, Joshua (August 9, 2005) “Kum & Go: A Midwestern Road Romance” https://www.villagevoice.com/2005/08/09/kum-go-a-midwestern-road-romance/
- Wilmington, Michael (January 3, 2003) “Our critic picks tops films of 2002 from smaller venues” Chicago Tribune https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2003-01-03-0301030227-story.html
- Bertrand, Merle (May 15, 2002) https://web.archive.org/web/20020621004605/http://www.filmthreat.com/Reviews.asp?Id=3021
- Taylor, Charles (July 18, 2005) “The Genius of Kwik Stop” slate.com https://slate.com/culture/2005/07/the-genius-of-kwik-stop.html
- https://www.noripcord.com/features/film-and-tv/kwik-stop-michael-gilio-2001 "KWIK STOP (MICHAEL GILIO, 2001)" Phipps, Grant 24 August, 2013 No Ripcord NoRipcord.com February 7 2021 " Sundance Film Festival passed on Kwik Stop, and it was never given a theatrical run in the States. Its viewership has been dependent upon prestigious accolades (as Gilio won the best director award at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival"
- https://www.screendaily.com/full-list-of-indie-spirit-award-nominations/407953.article "FULL LIST OF INDIE SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS" GOODRIDGE, MIKE January 9, 2002 Media Business Insight Limited screendaily.com February 7, 2021 "Nominees for the Someone To Watch award, recognising a film-maker who was not yet received appropriate recognition, are Debra Eisendstadt (Daydream Believer), DeMane Davis & Khari Streeter (Lift), Michael Gilio (Kwik Stop) and David Maquiling (Too Much Sleep)."
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