The son of a prominent seed farmer defies his father's wishes to take over the family business by choosing to become a professional race-car driver in this earnest family drama from director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo). Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) has worked hard to maintain his father's lucrative farming empire. But now, as Henry nears retirement, he plans to pass the business along to his beloved son Dean (Zac Efron). Meanwhile, the deeper Henry immerses himself in his work, the more detached he grows from his family. Later, as Dean rejects a life in agriculture for the thrill of the racetrack, the family business comes under fire during an investigation that could leave the family in financial ruin. Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, and Clancy Brown co-star.
While the 1980s farm movies ("Places in the Heart," "Country," "The River") tended to be about single-family agrarians fighting the banks to keep their patches of land, "At Any Price" delves into the survivors who have managed to hang on to their farms in more
Boos greeted Ramin Bahrani's unsubtle but gutsy film at its first Venice screening. http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/in-contention/posts/review-dennis-quaid-and-zac-efron-defeat-the-dream-in-broad-muscular-at-any-price