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It's a pity that the plot culminates in a slew of melodramatic contrivances that leave a lot of strands hanging.
Not since "Straight Time" with Dustin Hoffman has there been a film that more convincingly depicted the plight of the ex-con in his struggle to earn an honest living than the engaging "American Heart."
A gritty, well-meaning drama about a father and son on the fringes of society.
Compassionate; moving; heavy-going.
It's time to recognize Mr. Bridges as the most underappreciated great actor of his generation.
Never feels real for a second.
It could have been rather more honest, but it's still worth watching for Bridges' sensitive performance.
The film begins as a gritty look at down-and-out lives in Seattle, but becomes a more conventional father-son melodrama, though the acting Jeff Bridges and Edward Furlong is good.
A gritty tale about a down-and-out father and son who inch toward a loving relationship
An ok movie. Edward Furlong was good, as usual...
An ex-con with dreams of starting a new life reunites with his son.
In 1993 it was impossible to view this as I see it now: Jeff Bridges was practicing for his role in Crazy Heart. Everything that is good about Bridges's Oscar-winning performance is in American Heart, the music, the quiet desperation, the emotional depths to which he sinks, and of course, the hair. Edward Furlong, whose voice seems untutored but natural, matches Bridges in intensity.
However, I thought that the story was predictable and the plot contrived. You know the ending as soon as you meet Rainey, and the film doesn't tell us anything new about troubled youth.
Overall, the highlights are the stars, who give emotional and committed performances.
Edward Furlong is one of my favorite actors. Jeff Bridges is one of the top actors in Hollywood, and while not on my top 10 list, he's still a brilliant actor. So, American Heart should have been an awesome film! I knew from reading reviews, that it was gonna be strange, but while most people liked it, I did not! The story follows an ex-con trying to restart his life, and his estranged, runaway son, that he just can't get rid of. The background is great, but the film sucks, seriously all you see is these people going about their everyday business! Nothing really happens, you feel no connection to the characters whatsoever, and there is really no reason to care about what is happening!? Just go follow two random people on the street for a couple days and watch them go about their everyday life and you'll know what this awful film was like.
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