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American Son (2008)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Company Commander (voice)
Marine #1
Justin Diedolf ...
Marine #2
Renzo Fidani ...
Marine #3
Marine #4
Robert T. Parker ...
Marine #5
Dominique Valdez ...
Go USA! Guy
Danielle Barbosa ...
Cristina's Mother
Gaby Medina ...
Christina's Sister
Anthony Medina ...
Christina'a Brother
Erica Gluck ...


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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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Filho da América  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Excellent, Truthful Film
4 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

American Son is a gem of intimacy, conflict, and the poetry of Americans living their choices. I have always leaned toward movies that illuminate the inner emotion of people as they work through relationships and vulnerabilities. Nick Cannon is masterful in expressing the scorchingly intense emotion of his introverted and torn character, Mike, who is so authentic and such a quality guy --- I feel as if I knew him or people like him, though I cannot bring them to mind... I probably met them in passing over the years.

Neil Abramson deserves great kudos for directing this riveting and engaging film. It is not riveting in the sense of feverish constant action --- which I only find annoying anyway, with its self-conscious, intrusive camera work as in the Bourne movies. Rather, American Son is riveting in the sense of losing oneself in the lives of these people. Melonie Diaz is excellent as Christina, in her vulnerability and intense love for Mike, which she tries to keep hidden... you can feel her fear of being hurt by this wonderful guy who has joined this war.

The movie made me hurt for all people who have had to fight or loved anybody who went to war. These goodbyes have been a part of human history since forever. So much pain. I won't get political here, but I grew up with the Vietnam War in my life, and I truly thought when it ended after those ten arduous and agonizing years, that America was done dealing with war. So young I was.

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