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American Son (2008)




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A young man tries to tie up some loose ends before he goes to war in this independent drama from director Neil Abramson. Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) is nineteen years old and has just completed his basic training as a private in the United States Marine Corps. Mike has a four-day leave so he can visit his family for Thanksgiving, and then has orders for combat duty in Iraq. Mike wants to spend time with his family and friends before he ships out, but he doesn't want to tell anyone that he'll be stationed in Iraq. While taking the bus home to Bakersfield, California, Mike meets Cristina (Melonie Diaz), and it doesn't take long for him to realize he's infatuated with her. Mike makes a date to spend some time with Cristina, but he already has a busy schedule over the next four days. Mike catches up with his little sister (Erica Gluck), his doting mother (April Grace) and her taciturn new husband (Tom Sizemore), and sees his estranged father (Chi McBride) for the first time in years. Mike also hangs out with his best friend Jake (Matt O'Leary), but discovers he's begun taking a different path in life while Mike was in boot camp. And Mike happens to meet a disabled soldier back from Iraq (Jay Hernandez) who gives him an idea of what he can expect during his tour of duty. American Son was screened in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
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Nick Cannon
as Mike Holland
Melonie Diaz
as Cristina
Jay Hernandez
as Junior
April Grace
as Donna
Chi McBride
as Eddie
Erica Gluck
as Tricia
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Critic Reviews for American Son

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

It may be the first Iraq war-related movie that can equally appeal to both left and right

July 1, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Stirringly told, American Son dramatizes a harsh social reality and tributes this nation's fighting force.

January 24, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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This is conventional dramatic material played with an occasionally heavy hand, but sculpted with care and quiet assurance by helmer Neil Abramson.

Full Review… | January 22, 2008
Top Critic

ends up being one of the strongest entries in the growing list of films about Iraq even though, ultimately, it probably doesn't belong on that list at all.

Full Review… | September 20, 2009

The sort of movie that folks who are addicted to a Tom Cruise-style action sequence every three minutes might dismiss as one in which "nothing happens."

September 8, 2009
Apollo Guide

Several anti-war films have come along in the past couple of years calling out the war in Iraq. They've covered various conspiracies, big personalities and the front lines. But, perhaps, none have been as human as Neil Abramson's American Son.

Full Review… | August 29, 2009
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Audience Reviews for American Son

I wish I could say I brought myself to sit through all of this because I could see the potential, but it was so unbelievably slow-moving I just couldn't stand it after the first half. Maybe I'll revisit it eventually, but I definitely could not take it today.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

A pretty good film with a surprisingly solid performance by Cannon. This film tells the story of a Marines final 96 hours before being shipped off to Iraq. This is a very important story of American soldiers that is told told in a respectful, candid and entertaining nature. 6.5/10.

Mitch Ham
Mitch Ham

I was shocked by how much I liked this movie. With just days before Mike is shipped off to Iraq he goes home & decides not to tell anyone that he will soon be going to war. This leads to a good story of family & friends excited to see him & not worry about what he will soon be facing.

Moses Williams
Moses Williams

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