7.5/10
1,070
3 user 13 critic

Just Like the Son (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 April 2006 (USA)
A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Born Killers (2005)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Piggy Banks tells the story of two charming and brilliant brothers who finance their lifestyle by robbing and murdering pretty much anyone foolish enough to get in the car with them. They ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Stars: Jake Muxworthy, Lauren German, Gabriel Mann
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Stars: Brendan Sexton III, Shawn Elliott, Antoine McLean
Homecoming (2009)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A jilted ex-girlfriend plots revenge after her former beau comes back to their hometown with a new lover.

Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Stars: Mischa Barton, Matt Long, Jessica Stroup
Marion Bridge (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface.

Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Stars: Molly Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. "Mother of Mine", the latest from the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina - Som om... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö
Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist
Gracie's Choice (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and one half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Kristen Bell, Diane Ladd, Shedrack Anderson III
Altamont Now (2008)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

It's the 30th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' disastrous concert at Altamont. Deep inside an abandoned nuclear missile silo in the middle of the California desert, indie rock legend ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Brown
Stars: Daniel Louis Rivas, Frankie Shaw, Teddy Eck
Desert Blue (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An academic obsessed with "roadside attractions" and his tv-star daughter finally discover the world's largest ice cream cone, the centerpiece for an old gold-rush town struggling to stay ... See full summary »

Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Stars: Casey Affleck, Brendan Sexton III, Kate Hudson
Pictures of Hollis Woods (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After running away from her last foster placement with the Regan family, twelve year old Hollis Woods is placed with a new foster mother, the loving, retired art teacher, Josie Cahill. ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bill
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard, Jodelle Ferland
America (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Simoneau
Stars: Philip Johnson, Rosie O'Donnell, Ruby Dee
One Night (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Fifteen New Yorkers go into a Friday night unaware of the fact that their lives are about to change. Larry, an A&R executive, has been sublimating his deep fear of getting older by carrying... See full summary »

Director: Michael Knowles
Stars: Jordan Bayne, Laurence Blum, Kevin Cahoon
Safe Harbor (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Doug and Robbie are about to set sail on a long trip when they unexpectedly find themselves foster parenting a group of troubled teenage boys. The experience changes their lives for the ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: Treat Williams, Nancy Travis, Reiley McClendon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Daniel
...
Boone
...
Grant (as Brendan Sexton)
...
Mrs. Ponders
...
Chris
...
Bill
...
Glen
Bill Ladd ...
Fair Worker
...
Truck Driver (as Joel M. Garland)
...
Detective
Maria E. Heredia ...
Principal's Assistant (as Maria Heredia)
...
Highway Patrol
...
Mrs. Brown
Cara Reid ...
Kelly
...
Brenda
Edit

Storyline

"Just Like the Son" chronicles twenty year-old Daniel Carter's (Webber) attempt to help an eight year-old, Boone (Ortiz), find a better life. Daniel First meets Boone while doing community service at an East Village grade school. The boys strike up a friendship during which Daniel learns that Boone's mother is sick and may be hospitalized. He also learns that Boone has an older sister, Charlotte, who lives in Dallas. When Boone does not show up for school a few days later, Daniel begins to ask questions and learns that Boone was placed into a temporary foster care in Upstate New York. After being turned down as an adoption candidate, and failing to convince his Father to help him gain custody, Daniel decides to rescue Boone from the orphanage. He puts all his street smarts to use and they head to Dallas. While the goal is to locate Boone's sister, the heart of the story is the unexpected bond Daniel and Boone form throughout their road trip adventure. Written by Morgan J. Freeman

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to make things right. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief drug use and underage drinking
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A pótpapa  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

I'll Be Your Man
Performed by The Elected
Appears Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
Written by Blake Sennett
Published by Wonderful Pony Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Learning responsibility by being really, really, really irresponsible.
19 June 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a film directed by Morgan Freeman. No, not THAT Morgan Freeman- -this one is Morgan J. Freeman and looks absolutely nothing like the famous one. Perhaps he, too, will be famous...though I doubt if this film will help him along this path.

Mark Webber stars as Daniel--a very, very irresponsible guy with a long record for petty crimes. Inexplicably, while he's working at a local elementary school (what school would hire him?!), he meets a cute kid, Boone (Antonio Ortiz). Boone is a kid who has been in and out of the foster care system and he tells Daniel it has something to do with his mother being sick. The two spend some time together and Daniel really likes the kid. However, the kid soon disappears from the school and presumably went back into the foster care system--so what does Daniel do? Well, without finding out exactly what Boone's story is, Daniel decides to kidnap the kid and take him to some relative in Dallas. However, Boone is only 6 and exactly who this person is and if they are at all responsible never goes through Daniel's pea-sized mind. Instead, he just KNOWS that he needs to get the kid to Dallas even if it means breaking 168 laws in the process.

What follows is a cute buddy film with some very nice acting-- particularly by Ortiz. However, this cannot make up for the fact that the film seems to be endorsing kidnapping and features a lot of irresponsible stuff--presumably because Daniel is working out his own issues through the kid (oh, isn't that healthy!). So, it's a very mixed bag--with some nice moments but it also makes no sense whatsoever. It makes you wonder if perhaps the film could have been a lot better had the script been rewritten.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Someone Please Answer se17
music in trailer blankman20
DVD release? boo_108
Was Janeane Garofalo in this film or not? cobalow
great group to work with corkie
Who is A.J combat_tootie
Discuss Just Like the Son (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?