American Milkshake (2013)



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Filmmakers Mariko Munro and David Andalman team to write and direct this dark coming of age comedy set in the 1990s, and exploring the subjects of adolescent racial and sexual identity through the eyes of Al Jolson's great-great grandson Jolie, who takes the first step to realizing his dream of being like the cool black teens in the Maple Avenue projects by joining his high school basketball team. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for sexual content, language and brief nudity)
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Tyler Ross
as Jolie
Shareeka Epps
as Henrietta
Georgia Ford
as Christine
Eshan Bay
as Haroon
Leo Fitzpatrick
as Mr. McCarty

Critic Reviews for American Milkshake

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

"American Milkshake" merrily bumps along as if it were the first movie to find humor in a white kid's idolizing desire to "be black," whatever that may mean to him.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The script is short on details and insight, and when asked to comment on this condition - or the script's sketch of a culture on the cusp of the Internet revolution - the film, like its dirtbag protagonist, just shrugs.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The fact that Jolie isn't very likable would be less of a problem if this film were actually funny, but his selfish disregard for those around him only ends up making us feel bad for the people who care about him.

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Teenagers are jerks (it's a scientific fact) but if you have one as your protagonist, they need a redeeming quality or two.

Full Review… | September 3, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

"Milkshake" sucks all the flavor out of a tasty premise ...

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Top Critic

It's a heightened reality based in truth that ultimately seems to glorify the actions I want to believe it's actually trying to vilify.

Full Review… | June 28, 2016
The Film Stage

Audience Reviews for American Milkshake

two stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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Loved this film, like I said it was a film not a movie. It was very similar to my experiences in High School but different in the fact its made in Tacoma Park, Md. on Maple Ave which is like 5 min from where I live. Its honesty and realness of the kids feelings along with good simple acting and directing. I advise anyone to watch it because its an American story about a small amount of white kids who experience life as a minority.

Jason Walton
Jason Walton

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