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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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Cast

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Coach
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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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Organizer
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Impatient Fan (as Clay Chamberlain)
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Convention Assistant
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$19,348 (USA) (4 September 2009)
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Trivia

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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Near the end of the movie, Carlton arrives at the airport with Kyle in a Jeep. There is a license plate on the front of the vehicle. In the next scenes, Carlton empties his locker then goes outside where Lucy is waiting near the Jeep. As it drives away, they show the rear license plate (same number as at the airport), but when they show the Jeep from in front, there is no license. See more »

Quotes

Kyle: I'd kill a man to be twenty-five again.
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References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

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The Gospel According to Gator
Copyright 2008 Walter Sirotich
Written and Performed by Gatermon / Wally Gator Sirotich
Courtesy of Wallygatormusic Records
Bearsloth Publishing ASCAP
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Long road
8 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Great actors (Jeff Bridges always delivers, but even Justin Timberlake and his "girlfriend" in the movie are great too). As the title suggest, you are aware that this going to be a road movie. With characters that have flaws and a story that is very close to the directors heart (see a review of crew member for more information on that), this has everything a road movie needs.

While a few story tweaks may seem a bit far stretched (for something that seems to be so close to life), the whole thing still feels very real. The relationships in the movie are explored nicely without much glamour and there are a few treats along the way. There is not one real bad guy (which you might see as a bad thing or a good thing, depending on how you're going to feel about it), which made me like this even more and might have to do with the influence Jeff B. had on the script.


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