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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
Robert Casserly ...
Moderator
Tony Sanford ...
Fan #1
Kevin Lee Foxx ...
Fan #2 (as Kevin Foxx)
Paxton Brown ...
10-Year Old Kid
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10-Year Old's Father
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Impatient Fan (as Clay Chamberlain)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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

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28 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$19,348 (USA) (4 September 2009)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In several scenes in the movie, Jeff Bridges' character mentions "Walter Henry Hagan" at the Dallas airport. Walter Henry Hagan was in fact head of Special Services for American Airlines up until his retirement in 1995, and remained on as a consultant in same capacity until his death in February 2000. Hagan was "the" man to talk to if you needed assistance in your travels with American Airlines. He considered former Dallas Cowboy, Don Meredith (father of writer-director, Michael Meredith) and his wife, dear friends. 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 »

Quotes

Kyle: Why didn'y you love us?
Kyle: I did. I just loved myself better.
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Connections

References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Que Sera Sera
Written by Ray Evans (as Raymond B. Evans) and Jay Livingston
Courtesy of Universal Music Corp. on behalf of St. Angelo Music and Jay Livingston Music, Inc.
Verse sung by Jeff Bridges offscreen
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typical, but well-done
13 November 2010 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

This movie has it all revealed in the title; we have the typical road movie, the open situations that need closure, the family gathering when almost-tragedy might happen, the girl that almost got away, the father-son estranged yet reliable liaison, the change in the hero's mind along the way.

And above that, it has the sparkling dialog, Jeff Bridges (I just love how he cries in most of his roles, because he can and he's so damn good), the wise replies that might (or not) mean something to you at some point. The open spaces, and a feel-good impression that will make it perfect for a late evening when you just don't feel like sleeping. Or you would feel like taking a long walk somewhere, only it would be wiser not to in the middle of the night.

I probably shouldn't give it a ten, but grades "don't mean nothing" to me, it's all about whether I liked it or not, and I sure did like it.


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