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Sleepwalking (2008)

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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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Detective #1
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Ken Mitchell ...
Mr. Bergen
Jean Freeman ...
Mrs. Bergen
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Warren
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Alexandra Fox ...
Darlene
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Foster Care Worker (as Lori Kennedy)
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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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Release Date:

14 February 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Ferris Wheel  »

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

Gross:

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

Quotes

Tara: Where are we going?
James: We're going home. Home to your mom.
Tara: [brightens] My mom? Where is she?
James: She's in Westmoreland. Waiting at the police station.
Tara: What's going to happen to you?
James: Can't be any worse than it's been, you know? Before now, it's like I've been living in a dream. A bad dream, just sleepwalking. But you helped me. You woke me up.
Tara: I did?
James: Yeah.
James: [after a pause] Will you do me a favor?
Tara: Yeah, sure.
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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Crash N' Burn
Written by Bob Mair and Frankie Blue
Performed by John's TV
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about as depressing as can be
1 September 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

My interpretation of "Sleepwalking" as extremely depressing may spring from the fact that I knew nothing about it when I started watching it. Charlize Theron plays down-and-out Jolene, who dumps her daughter Tara (AnnaSophia Robb) on her brother James (Nick Stahl) and disappears. James now has to reconsider how he has lived his whole life.

The wintry setting in this movie has the same effect as the setting in "Affliction": as bleak as can be...especially after what ends up happening after James and Tara go on the road. Definitely not a film that will leave you feeling good. Not to demean the movie at all; I do recommend it. You just have to understand that this is a VERY depressing one, exactly the sort of movie to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. I don't know whether or not you'll like it, but I still encourage you to at least check it out. Also starring Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson and Mathew St. Patrick (who played Keith on "Six Feet Under"). I assume that director William Maher is not the same as Bill Maher of "Real Time with Bill Maher".


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