The Loneliest Road in America is an independent movie that uses the guise of a buddy road trip to mask social commentary. Contrary to what you see on screen, this isn’t about three friends on a trip to Los Angeles, at least that’s not just it. The three main characters all represent different conflicts between communities and corporations. I say this to you because unless I tell you this now, you are not going to get that out of this movie. Until I read the plot synopsis, I didn’t even get that out of this movie. Without this information, The Loneliest Road in America just becomes a low budget movie about annoying characters where nothing of any interest really happens.
Colin Michael Day stars as Jamie, a college graduate who has gone on to the prosperous life of bartending after college (note the sarcasm). He's stuck with a dead end job and a really over-the-top suffocating relationship with girlfriend Amanda (Jennifer Devereaux). Sick of it, he and his college best friend Matt (Chris Hayes) go on a road trip to Los Angeles, to find a new job and to meet up with another old college buddy named Gerard (Isaiah Musik-Ayala).
While Jamie has been floundering, Matt has been living the dream, making money and never quite outgrowing his frat boy persona. On the way, Matt picks up Ashley (Abby Leigh), an acquaintance from college (get it — they all went to college together), and Jamie and Ashley begin to fall for one another as they drive along a stretch of highway known as “The Loneliest Road in America” in Nevada. This highway is filled with ghost towns and abandoned buildings, which were once prosperous during the mining boom, but once corporations began to move their interests into Canada and other countries, the towns became decrepit and all but forgotten. As they visit each town, they (and the viewer) get a glimpse into the evils of corporate greed and the effects of exploitation.