American Son

2019

American Son

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Based on the acclaimed Broadway play, the Netflix Television Event AMERICAN SON tells the story of Kendra Ellis-Connor (Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington), the mother of a missing teenage boy, as she struggles to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee also reprise their roles in the adaptation which presents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

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  • American Son has all the subtlety and nuance of Driving Miss Daisy (which is to say almost none), albeit with a more interesting and complex message.

    January 23, 2020 | Full Review…

    Sarah Gorr

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  • American Son may not be a groundbreaking piece of filmmaking, but that's not what it was meant to be either. The film is a transformative adaptation that attempts to elevate elements of its original source material through the cinematic medium.

    December 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film presents no clear answers, never lets up on the intensity, and provides no true comfort. It is not a movie for casual viewing, but aims to make you uncomfortable and affected.

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A play that needs another week of out of town tryouts...it never gets 'on its feet.'

    November 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Racism, parental dependence, heartbreak and police abuse are the issues American Son addresses in its hour and a half. But what may seem little... can be a lot if there is no rhythm and the dialogues are cumbersome. [Full review in Spanish]

    November 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 'American Son' is a film that will leave parents with questions about their own effectiveness, and also with an uncontrollable urge to find out where the teenagers are right now.

    November 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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