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||Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton,
Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger
||More for the teens and adults.
Keep the young ones at home.
||She'll be impressed at your
||There is a scene where clothes
come off and adults would know what is going on.
||There's a couple of intense
||Some really touching and cute
||I have two of them. One is
when the sisters are going trick-or-treating, the other is at
||Christy to her dad: "Don't
you 'Little girl' me." and one sister to the other:
"Go ahead and knock. I dare you."
||Jim Sheridan, Arthur Lappin
I have to thank the movie reviewer
Richard Roeper for
his urging people to see "In America." He felt so strongly about it
that he even offered to send people their money back if they didnít
like it. Iím not going to go that far, mostly because my budget wonít
allow it, but I, like him, recommend "In America" as just a flat out
A Movie Review
The story revolves around a family of Irish immigrants
trying to find the American dream. Johnny (Paddy Considine), the dad,
wants to be an actor, but he has to drive a cab to bring some money;
Sarah (Samantha Morton), the mom, really just wants to be a mom but
she ends up working as a waitress; Then there are the two sisters,
Christy (Sarah Bolger), sheís 11, and Ariel (Emma Bolger), sheís 6ish.
They find themselves living in a tenement house where a family doesnít
seem like it should belong, especially amongst the junkies,
transvestites, and just seemingly scary individuals. But as we watch
the story, told through the eyes of Christy, there is a definite
perception difference from the wondrous eyes of an immigrant child and
those of an adult. An example is easily seen when the family opens the
door to their new apartment only to find it dirty and dreary, filled
with pigeons, and we can see the look of "is this really a good idea
to live here" in the parent's eyes, versus the two girls, giddily running
around the place and asking dad if they can keep the pigeons.
But the movie isnít just about the struggles of an immigrant
family, itís also a story about any family just trying to be a family
and cope with tragedy. The underlying tragedy in this movie is the
earlier death of the families youngest son, Frankie, which doesnít get
detailed explicitly, but thatís not really important, whatís important
is the guilt that parents have when a son or daughter dies from
something that might have been prevented, in this case Frankie fell
down some stairs and developed a brain tumor. We see the pain the
parents feel, but there is also the other perspective, the perspective
of an 11 year old sister that has come to terms with her brotherís
death, and in the closing of the movie that really comes to light.
"In America" has some sad moments that will bring a tear to your
eye, has some happy moments that will bring a tear to your eye, will
have you fearing the worst things that can happen when two little
girls knock on the tenement doors at Halloween, and will have you
rooting for that last ball to go through the hole, set up by a dad
just wanting to make his daughter happy by winning an E.T. doll and
finding himself in a horrible situation. There is also an underlying
story of mysticism in the likes of Mateo (Djimon Hounsou), the scary
neighbor who lives below, but rather than a burden on the film, I
found it touching on multiple levels, especially as his character
begins to get exposed.
The ending of "In America" really shows the contrast between the
views of the world as seen from a child of wonder compared to and
adult not knowing how to face reality. Happily Christy had one wish
left for her Dad. See the movie and you will understand.
Unless you are completely devoid of feeling, "In America" will
touch you in some way, and not in a "this movie sucks" kind of way.
Yes, even you "Pizza and beer and all I want in a movie is something
blowing up" movie goers will probably like this movie, although I
doubt youíd admit it. Itís 5 stars out of 5 for "In America." Itís
just a great film.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!