Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
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A series of interwoven story lines brings to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically influence and shape every day lives. A gun shop owner, an ace student, a single mother, and a school principal are among those profoundly affected. Written by
The central idea for the film came from an article in the L.A. Times. In addition, the writers were influenced by a friend, who related stories about how students from a Chicago school district brought guns to school, not to use them inside, but because of the dangerous neighborhoods they live in or walk through every day. See more »
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let's see we've had bang bang you're dead,, elephant,, and now American Gun.. the best performance i thought in this one was of the Principal,, Forest whitaker,, he did a great job.. Marcia Gay Harden did pretty well to i might add,, Nikki Reed plays yet another girl that teases,, except this time she's not as trashy as usual. Donald Sutherland plays the gun shop owner.. this is a tale of 4 different , or maybe 5 different people's point's of view,, it's a complicated web,, sometimes very hard to follow,, i mean yeah you can put 2 and 2 together in this one,, but in order to do that you gotta figure out the timeline of when the events actually occurred.. quentin Tarantino would be proud of all of the scene jumbling in this one. basically you got a school shooting that has apparently already happened,, a principal trying to stop the violence in school,, a smart kid who feels the need to hide a gun on school property.. a mother who is ostracized for not knowing that her son was capable of wiping out students and teachers. a cop who arrived to late to save anyone,, a gun shop owner, who apparently sold the kid the gun,, or maybe his parents,, it was never really explained in the movie.. you got the brother of the shooter, who falls for this little tease... nikki reed, you got neighbors outraged that the mother and the other boy still live in the neighborhood,, fascinating film,,,
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