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

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Ken Mitchell ...
Mr. Bergen
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Mrs. Bergen
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Warren
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Darlene
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$168,972 (USA) (16 May 2008)
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The working title for this production was 'Ferris Wheel'. See more »

Quotes

Tara: [after she sees him staring at her] Uncle James, you're creeping me out.
Joleen: Hey, you be nice to Uncle James. James, where do you keep the hangers?
James: What?
Joleen: Hangers!
[to herself as she goes into James' room]
Joleen: God, this place is such a mess. I should have brought some of my own furniture.
[to James]
Joleen: And we're going to need another pillow for Tara, by the way.
Tara: I'm not sleeping in the same bed as you, Mom!
Joleen: [coming back out of the room] You know, you could really start unpacking your own shit instead of ...
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Connections

References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Nel di Della Vittoria
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Courtesy of APM Music
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A good movie in all aspects
24 February 2009 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

WHile the movie itself is depressing, the setting certainly looks like an abandoned wasteland, the movie was good.

The movie was great in fact.

All characters were believable and their performances were outstanding.

Charlize blows me away all the time and after seeing this, I am just amazed at how great she is as a performer.

All the cast was good - Woody is such a versatile performer. Good, bad, crazy, brave - this guy has great range.

Saskatchewan where I had lived very briefly is as depressing as it is shown here.

WHomever did chose the locations, certainly knew how to make Saskatchewan look even worse than it is.

With great camera work, great performances - it's just a solid film.

Not my favorite. Never will be,but just good in it's own ways.

Charlize has such a beautiful face, even when she has swollen eyes, she still looks amazing.


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