The drama follows a 12-year-old girl's struggle to come to terms with her mother's abandonment.

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Cast

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Ken Mitchell ...
Mr. Bergen
Jean Freeman ...
Mrs. Bergen
Troy Skog ...
Warren
George Grassick ...
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Alexandra Fox ...
Darlene
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Foster Care Worker (as Lori Kennedy)
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Storyline

James "Speedy" Reedy is anything but. He's a twenty-something slacker sleepwalking through life in a Midwestern town. His older sister, Joleen calls him in the middle of the night after the police have arrested her boyfriend and tossed her and her 12-year-old daughter Tara on the street. James takes them in, then Joleen, who claims to have a plan, leaves with a trucker and a stash of drug money. James tries to cope, but soon he's lost his job, and child protective services places Tara in foster care. She's miserable. Can James wake up and find a way to be more than just a nice guy? A road trip to his childhood may hold a key, or it may be another bad dream. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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14 February 2008 (Canada)  »

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Ferris Wheel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$47,762 (USA) (14 March 2008)

Gross:

$168,972 (USA) (16 May 2008)
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Trivia

The working title for this production was 'Ferris Wheel'. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
James: [to Tara] My whole life I feel like I've been sleepwalking. But you helped me. You woke me up.
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Connections

References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Come on Come Out
Written by Alison Sudol, Hal Cragin, Lukas Burton
Performed by Alison Sudol (as A Fine Frenzy)
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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You woke me up
26 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pacing of this movie is a little slow. There were times when i almost gave up on it, and wanted to stop watching it, but didn't. I am glad i finished this movie because there is something so honest, and pure about the subject matter.

What's great about this movie is it's not flashy like people think movies need to be. It is not over the top, not glamorous. This movie is striped to the bare essence of what it takes to make a good film or better, great acting, and a genuine story line.

The movie has a slow start, but a rapid ending that leaves you wanting more. The characters are really well developed. I feel a close connection to all of them. I feel like they are real people, and that's unusual to feel when watching a movie.

It's a movie about choices, about how one moment can change your life. The decisions we make are not always right, most of them are made on impulse, but we still have to deal with the aftermath, and learn a lesson along the way.


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