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American Son
American Son
Actors: Nick Cannon, Chi McBride, Jay Hernandez, Matt O'Leary, Melonie Diaz
Director: Neil Abramson
Genres: Drama, Military & War
R     2009     1hr 26min

Take an intimate look into the heart and mind of an American soldier in the riveting urban drama that captivated audiences at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. What would you do if you had just four days to say goodbye to e...  more »


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Actors: Nick Cannon, Chi McBride, Jay Hernandez, Matt O'Leary, Melonie Diaz
Director: Neil Abramson
Genres: Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Military & War
Studio: Miramax Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/25/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Donlee B. from LOS ANGELES, CA
Reviewed on 8/26/2009...
One of the most pleasant surprises that I found at Sundance last year. Nick Cannon is very winning in this tale of a young man's last hours before shipping off to service.

Movie Reviews

If you like Nick Cannon, you will love this movie!
C. Frisina | 08/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was one of the most talked about at the Sundance 2008 Film Festival. It's a funny, heart wrenching, realistic depiction of a Marine during his last 72 hour liberty and dealing with the impending reality of actually shipping off to war for the first time. Nick Cannon's performance and his chemistry with sweetheart Melonie Diaz is hot. In time, this movie will sit alongside the classic films depicting our men and women in military service."
Great Film!!!
Monica E | Pico Rivera, CA USA | 08/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this film at the 2008 LA Film Festival. I thought it was a great depiction of a soldier going off to Iraq. It was very moving to see how he interacts with his family, friends, and new acquaintances. I was disappointed that this film never made it into theaters, because I thought it would have definately been a successful and popular film. I highly recommend it."
Before Overseas Deployment
The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 08/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""American Son," a nominee for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award, spotlights 19-year-old Marine Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) who, after completing basic training at Camp Pendleton, spends a four-day Thanksgiving leave with his family and friends in Bakersfield, California. Mike can't bring himself to tell them what comes next for him: deployment to Iraq for his first tour of duty. As Mike attempts to reconnect with his Mom (April Grace), stepfather (Tom Sizemore), and sister (Erica Gluck), and say goodbye to his troubled best friend, Jake (Matt O'Leary), before shipping out, he becomes distracted by the uncertain future he faces. Instead of spending time with his disintegrating family or the lifelong friend he will leave behind, all he can think about is seeing Cristina (Melonie Diaz), a young woman he casually flirted with on the bus into town.
"American Son" shows the conflict young people face as they undertake a mission they know will present daily life-or-death situations. It's about taking stock of what is really important and acting on it, rather than sticking with an unfulfilling status quo. Cannon is very good as Mike and we sympathize with him having to make decisions without enough time to think them through completely. We know what Mike will be facing overseas. Though there are no tanks, mortars, and roadside bombs, the war is already taking its toll. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, audio commentary with director Neil Abramson, and deleted scenes."