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The Open Road (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 August 2009 (USA)
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Movie centers on the adult son of a baseball legend who, together with his girlfriend, embarks on a road trip with his estranged father.

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Bret Saberhagen ...
Himself
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Carlton Garrett, son of Hall of Famer Kyle Garrett, plays minor league ball in Corpus Christi. He's in a slump when his grandfather calls to say that his mother, in Houston, is refusing a heart operation she needs to prolong her life. She says she won't have the operation until Kyle, her ex-husband, comes to see her. So Carlton, with his close friend Lucy, who used to be his girlfriend, goes to Columbus, Ohio, where Kyle is signing autographs. They haven't spoken in four years. Will Kyle go to Texas or will he find a way to duck out, as he's done for years? In addition to the father and son relationship, what about Lucy, and what about the slump? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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they've got a long way to go.

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,169 (USA) (4 September 2009)

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$19,348 (USA) (4 September 2009)
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Some scenes for the movie were filmed following an exhibition baseball game between the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA Affiliate of the Houston Astros) and the Round Rock Express (AAA Affiliate of the Houston Astros). The scenes were filmed at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, including a shot flying over the Harbor Bridge down to the baseball field. See more »

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Carlton, Lucy and Kyle are leaving out of Memphis on a Southwest Airlines flight. Southwest did not fly out of Memphis until 2013. See more »

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Kyle: Why didn'y you love us?
Kyle: I did. I just loved myself better.
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References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

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I Want You to Be My Lover
Written by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist
Performed by Over the Rhine
Courtesy of Back Porch Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Published by Nettwerk Songs Publishing
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Baseball is not the whole of life
3 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Open Road stars Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake as a pair of baseball players, father and son, at different stages of their careers. They've been estranged for many years, but a health crisis in the life of Mary Steenburgen, wife to Bridges and mother to Timberlake, forces a reconciliation of sorts. But it's not an easy one.

Bridges is a former star who may have just missed the era of free agency and all he knows is baseball. So he now makes a comfortable living at various card shows, telling stories and signing autographs all of which he's well paid. When the crisis comes he's at a show and leaving abruptly would cost him some bucks. Still there is family to consider, something he's not very good at.

Timberlake is a minor league prospect who shows that he might not reach the same heights as Bridges. In fact he's in danger of being cut from the Houston Astros farm club where he's playing. He's got troubles with former girlfriend Kate Mara whom he broke it off with and now realizes that might have been a big mistake and worries now about the failed relationship with Mara and Steenburgen's health may have compromised his abilities. In short he's just not got his head in the game.

In fact Timberlake leaves the team in Texas and goes north to Columbus, Ohio where Bridges is doing a show and he and Mara take him back albeit reluctantly to Texas because Steenburgen wants to see him for the very last time possibly before open heart surgery. You ask why Mara is along with her ex when she has a current boyfriend whom she plans to marry. Bridges gets it, but Timberlake is a bit dense.

Not much of a story line, but some great characterizations by all involved. Bridges is his usual good reliable self and Timberlake shows some ability which blossoms later on in another baseball story Trouble With A Curve. Timberlake plays a similar role there in a film with a similar story. Of course Clint Eastwood's film got a much wider audience.

Basically there's a lot of growing up to do for both Bridges and Timberlake. Baseball is great, but it's not the whole of life for both of them. Timberlake keeps a journal because writing is a sideline for him. I can see him being a future Jim Brosnan or Jim Bouton.

This is not a baseball story as such, it's a story about life and the growth of people. You should really see this very unsung film.


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