Parallel Sons (1995)

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Movie Info

A young white man living in rural upstate New York tries to emulate the African-American culture he adores in this melodrama. Recent high school graduate Seth Carlson secretly dreams of being an art student in Manhattan. Because his father refuses financial aid he cannot and so ends up waiting tables in a small restaurant. In lieu of actually becoming an artist, Seth opts to affect their mannerisms, especially those of African American artists. He even dresses and speaks as they do. One night, as he is closing the restaurant, he is held up by an escaped convict, Knowledge Johnson. The convict is seriously wounded and passes out before he can escape. He is black and Seth, decides to help him by dragging him to an empty shed and nursing him to health. Knowledge is at first wary of Seth's attention. He is also appalled by Seth's obsession. But gradually the two become grudging friends.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Gabriel Mann
as Seth Carlson
Lawrence Mason
as Knowledge Johnson
Laurence Mason
as Knowledge Johnson
Murphy Guyer
as Sheriff Mott
Graham Alex Johnson
as Peter Carlson
Heather Gottlieb
as Kristen Mott
Gabriel Mick
as Seth Carlson
Maureen Shannon
as Francine
Julia Weldon
as Sally Carlson
Karren Abrams
as Doris Mott
Eric P. Granger
as Corrections Officer
Kim Snow
as Woman on Street
Alice J. Mick
as Seth's Mother
Dimitri Kollias
as Bartender
Daniel Ferguson
as State Trooper
Douglas B. Lansing
as State Trooper
John Jay Osborn Jr.
as State Trooper
Robert Sanson
as State Trooper
Ward K. Segrist
as State Trooper
Lauren Singer
as State Trooper
Theron Snow
as State Trooper
William Sedgwick
as Ambulance Driver
Charles Terry
as Ambulance Driver
John Osborn
as State Trooper
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Critic Reviews for Parallel Sons

All Critics (3)

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

A highlight of indie cinema in 1995

Full Review… | April 18, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Simply too adolescently overwrought to sit well with late '90s audiences, gay or otherwise.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Film Journal International

it becomes impossible to excuse the many bad decisions the young friends make on their doomed path to freedom.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Filmcritic.com

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June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Parallel Sons

½

Rife with good intentions and noble thoughts, "Parallel Sons" falls short of its dramatic quotient with an awkwardly constructed narrative and ill-defined characterizations. A racial fish-out-of-water tale, it plays more like a classroom discussion-starter than theatrical fodder.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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