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A recent college graduate is forced to choose between a life of limitless wealth and complacent security or a potentially dangerous trip down the road less traveled in first-time director Kevin Noland's tale of love and youth told against the backdrop of the Running of the Bulls. Chris McKinley (Joshua Jackson) has decided to celebrate his college graduation by backpacking through Europe with his best friend, Ryan (Timm Sharp), and Ryan's girlfriend, Michelle (Ruthanna Hopper). With time running short before he returns to the United States and sets out on the fast track to success, Chris attempts to pack as much adventure as possible into his last three days until he locks glances with dark-haired Spanish beauty Adela (Leonor Varela). Now challenged to re-examine his priorities by both the vital young woman and a mysterious stranger named Riccardo (Dennis Hopper), Chris must search the whole of his heart and soul to find out what he really wants most out of life.


Joshua Jackson
as Chris McKinley
Dennis Hopper
as Riccardo
Marlon Grace
as Prankster
David Aguilar
as Gypsy Thief
Francisco Marco
as Bullfighter
Mónica Echeverría
as Drunk San Fermin Woman
Steve Babiar
as Little Waiter No. 1
Joe Gieb
as Little Waiter No. 2
Martin Klebba
as Little Matador
José Luis
as Aruna Cafe Waiter
Eduardo Laporte
as Pimpled Waiter
Heather Levinson
as Drunk Woman
Annie Noland
as Storyteller
Maria Salvatierra
as Jota Singer
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  • Neither the rambling plot nor the diffuse characterizations offer much of interest, but the young performers are highly attractive, and Robb Webb's excellent cinematography offers a panorama of highly photogenic Spanish locales.

    Apr 25, 2006
  • Writer-director Kevin Noland effectively utilizes his fine young cast and the natural beauty and rich culture of northern Spain in amiably posing a timeless question of youth.

    Mar 28, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Watching Americano is like hearing a long story about someone else's holiday, and while it seems everyone had a nice time, it's too bad they didn't shoot a better film while they were there.

    Mar 23, 2006 | Full Review…

    Mark Olsen

    L.A. Weekly
    Top Critic
  • Beautifully shot and filled with lovable characters you could watch for hours, Americano is an amazing journey that makes one yearn for travel.

    Sep 6, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • Americano certainly succeeds as a romanticized travelogue, and if this doesn't make one want to grab a backpack and head for the hills of Spain, nothing will.

    Sep 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As Jakes Barnes and friends do in "The Sun Also Rises," Noland's characters are in Pamplona to, among other things, run with the bulls. Those other things include falling in/out of love... [and] drinking wine.

    Sep 6, 2006 | Full Review…

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