America Brown (2004)




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A young man leaves his home and family in search of himself in this independent drama. America Brown (Ryan Kwanten) -- called "Ricky" by most of his friends -- was born and raised in a West Texas town where football is treated more like a religion than a game. Raised by a single mother (Karen Black), America's primary male role model has been his older brother Daniel (Michael Rapaport), who has drilled it into Ricky's head that it's his destiny to be a football star. But America has come to hate football, and especially loathes Bo (Leo Burmester), the manipulative coach of his high-school team. Desperate to get away from it all, America runs away to New York City, where he seeks refuge with John Cross (Hill Harper), a one-time football legend from West Texas who gave up the game to become a Catholic priest. As America looks to find a new life, he finds in Cross a man who is still haunted by his past and smitten with a woman in his congregation, Rosie (Élodie Bouchez). America, meanwhile, develops an infatuation of his own with Vera (Natasha Lyonne), a pretty but streetwise girl who waits tables at a neighborhood diner. America Brown was the first feature film from writer and director Paul Black; it was screened at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Ryan Kwanten
as America `Ricky' Brown
Hill Harper
as John Cross
Karen Black
as Marianne Brown
Leo Burmester
as Bo Williams
Frankie Faison
as Coach Bryant
Michael Rapaport
as Daniel Brown
David Dayan Fisher
as Diner Owner
Elizabeth Bove
as Mrs. Noonan
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Critic Reviews for America Brown

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

First-time writer-director Paul Black is woozy with affection for the searching, wounded-soul-of-America cinema of the late 1960s and early '70s, but, alas, casting Karen Black in a supporting role as Ricky's mom does not a Five Easy Pieces make.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Black is interested in big themes -- including guilt and redemption -- and is helped by a strong cast capable of carrying the dramatic sequences.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A decent, if flawed look at life in the football spotlight; a film that makes one wonder if it might not be time to turn down the glare a little bit.

Full Review… | October 30, 2004
Film Threat

The rites of passage into adulthood have rarely been so textured.

Full Review… | April 22, 2004
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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