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American Son (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  January 2008 (USA)
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The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.

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Mike
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Marine #1
Justin Diedolf ...
Marine #2
Renzo Fidani ...
Marine #3
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Marine #4
Robert T. Parker ...
Marine #5
Dominique Valdez ...
Go USA! Guy
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Danielle Barbosa ...
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Gaby Medina ...
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Anthony Medina ...
Christina'a Brother
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Jake
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Tricia
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The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.

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Anything can happen in 96 hours.

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »
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American Son
4 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

You're a young black marine. You have 96 hours leave before being posted to Iraq for more than a year. How do you break the news to your family? What will you get up to in the last period of civilian life you'll have for a while? And will you trying calling that cute girl you met on the way back home? Decisions, decisions...

American Son is what I would refer to as a tepid drama. Everyone involved gives their all, and it all feels pretty realistic. It's just all a little too by-the-numbers for my liking, from the booze-filled parties he attends filled with clothes-shedding nymphets (don't these girls have any self respect) to the decision to inform all and sundry he's off just a few hours before departure. Cue the waterworks, before a quick acceptance. And if you think he's going to spend a bonk-filled final rendezvous with this young lady in a hotel he's known for all of three days... BANG! You win the internet!!

One last question: Our lead seems like a really nice guy... so why are all his friends complete jerks? If I was him, I would dump the lot.... and start afresh. Well, that's what we do with bad Scrabble letters, anyway.... 5/10


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