Detours (2016)


Detours (2016)

A newly single New Yorker must re-locate to Florida; she drives south with her widowed dad and her mom's ashes in a coffee can.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   6.6 /10
TheMovieDb    7.0 /10
Director Robert McCaskill
Writer Mara Lesemann
Release Date
Runtime1h 21min
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
AwardsAwards3 wins & 3 nominations
CompanyAbout Us Productions
Jennifer Giraldias Jennifer Giraldi
Dan Giraldias Dan Giraldi
Joe DiMariaas Joe DiMaria
Sam Jacobsonas Sam Jacobson
Bob O'Connoras Bob O'Connor
Grace Giraldias Grace Giraldi
Annie Delaneyas Annie Delaney
Vanessa Aspillaga
Vanessa Aspillaga
Megan O'Malleyas Megan O'Malley
Tom McKinnonas Tom McKinnon
Joe the GPSas Joe the GPS
Darleneas Darlene
Officer Reillyas Officer Reilly
Debargo Sanyal
Debargo Sanyal
Rajivas Rajiv
Brianas Brian
Tony Lewis Centore
Tony Lewis Centore
Cab Driveras Cab Driver
Will Comstock
Will Comstock
Dave DiMariaas Dave DiMaria
Richard Lampone
Richard Lampone
Bartenderas Bartender

Detours (2016 film)

Detours is a 2016 road-trip comedy about a newly single New Yorker who must relocate to Florida for a new job; she travels south with her widowed father and her mother’s ashes in a coffee can. Detours was directed by Robert McCaskill from a script by Mara Lesemann (additionally known for Surviving Family). The movie starred Tara Westwood and Carlo Fiorletta; the supporting cast included Richard Kind, Michael Cerveris, Phyllis Somerville, Kim Director, and Paul Sorvino. Cerveris also contributed several original songs to the soundtrack.

Detours premiered at the Sunscreen Film Festival on April 30, 2016, and was released on Amazon Prime on November 25, 2016.


Detours is the story of a father and daughter who are both starting over, one after the death of a spouse and the other after a divorce.

When Jennifer Giraldi (Tara Westwood) visits her father (Carlo Fiorletta) to announce she is relocating to start a new career, she realizes her father has not left the house since the death of his wife (Kim Director), except for bare necessities, and he has yet to dispose of her mother’s ashes. Jennifer realizes she has lost touch with her dad despite being geographically close. She convinces Dan to tackle the relocation with her and her automated friend, Joe, her GPS with above-average artificial intelligence.


  • Tara Westwood as Jennifer Giraldi
  • Carlo Fiorletta as Dan Giraldi
  • Paul Sorvino as Joe DiMaria
  • Richard Kind as Sam Jacobson
  • Michael Cerveris as Bob O’Connor
  • Kim Director as Grace Giraldi
  • Phyllis Somerville as Annie Delaney
  • Deirdre O’Connell as Beth
  • Vanessa Aspillaga as Megan O’Malley
  • Michael Pressman as Tom McKinnon


Detours was shot over 20 days in September and October 2014. Interiors were shot in New Jersey and New York City. Exteriors were shot in New Jersey; North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Saint Petersburg, Florida.


The score for Detours was created by Andre Fratto, and featured several original songs.

1."Down the Road" (Theme Song)Lane TurnerLane Turner4:31
2."Disconnect"Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris6:47
3."Crosshill"Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris3:48
4."SPCA"Michael Cerveris and Corin TuckerMichael Cerveris and Corin Tucker4:47
5."Just My Love"Katherine C. Hughes and Craig WilsonKatherine C. Hughes2:59
6."Carry On"Deena MillerDeena Miller4:39
7."Back to You"Jon Alan LeeJon Alan Lee1:43
8."Almost Beautiful"Kurt Krezanski and Jimmy ThowKurt Krezanski3:58
9."Bach Sarabande in B Minor, BWV 1002"Johann Sebastian BachDavid Patterson2:55
10."Over That Bridge"Britt NealBritt Neal3:40
11."I Do"Abby PayneAbby Payne2:59


Detours premiered at the Sunscreen Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Florida, on April 30, 2016. It subsequently screened at the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey. Detours received positive reviews from critics: Florida feature editor Jennifer Heit praised the film, saying, “With much candor and a touch of whimsy, Detours explores the issues all of us grapple with - grief, rejection, insecurity - while showing how even just a kernel of hope helps manage life's inevitable messiness.” Richard Propes of The Independent Critic gave the film three stars, calling it “the kind of film that proves to be popular on the indie fest circuit by telling a story so seldom seen in the multiplexes these days.”

Home media

Detours was released on Amazon Prime on November 25, 2016. TubiTV was added in March 2020.

Awards and nominations

2016Action on Film International Film FestivalBest PictureDetoursWon
2016Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey CityBest Actress in a Feature FilmTara WestwoodWon
2016Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey CityBest Supporting ActorRichard KindWon
2016Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey CityBest Actor in a Feature FilmCarlo FiorlettaNominated
2016Long Island International Film ExpoBest Feature FilmDetoursNominated