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Just Like the Son (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 April 2006 (USA)
A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.

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Morgan J. Freeman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Webber ... Daniel
Antonio Ortiz ... Boone
Brendan Sexton III ... Grant (as Brendan Sexton)
Rosie Perez ... Mrs. Ponders
Dylan Blue ... Chris
Bruce MacVittie ... Bill
Adrian Martinez ... Glen
Bill Ladd Bill Ladd ... Fair Worker
Joel Marsh Garland ... Truck Driver (as Joel M. Garland)
Allen McCullough ... Detective
Maria E. Heredia Maria E. Heredia ... Principal's Assistant (as Maria Heredia)
Chris McKinney ... Highway Patrol
Eva Kaminsky ... Mrs. Brown
Cara Reid ... Kelly
Frankie Shaw ... Brenda
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"Just Like the Son" chronicles twenty year-old Daniel Carter's (Webber) attempt to help an eight year-old, Boone (Ortiz), find a better life. Daniel First meets Boone while doing community service at an East Village grade school. The boys strike up a friendship during which Daniel learns that Boone's mother is sick and may be hospitalized. He also learns that Boone has an older sister, Charlotte, who lives in Dallas. When Boone does not show up for school a few days later, Daniel begins to ask questions and learns that Boone was placed into a temporary foster care in Upstate New York. After being turned down as an adoption candidate, and failing to convince his Father to help him gain custody, Daniel decides to rescue Boone from the orphanage. He puts all his street smarts to use and they head to Dallas. While the goal is to locate Boone's sister, the heart of the story is the unexpected bond Daniel and Boone form throughout their road trip adventure. Written by Morgan J. Freeman

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Sometimes one chance is all you need to make things right. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief drug use and underage drinking
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Feature film debut of Frankie Shaw. See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Get Your Hopes Up
Performed by The Elected
Appears Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
Written by Blake Soper
Published by Wonderful Pony Music (BMI)
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Another awesome road movie from Freeman
26 April 2007 | by DrScoreSee all my reviews

Morgan J. Freeman delivers a heartfelt road movie about twenty yr old small time criminal Daniel (Mark Webber) who drives a 6 yr. old orphan (Antonio Ortiz) across country to reunite the boy with his sister.

Daniel works as a janitor at an elementary school, doing his 240 hrs of community service painting over graffiti and reading to the kids. A bond forms between Daniel and young Boone, a fatherless boy who is about to lose his mom. When Boone is taken to an orphanage, Daniel takes matters into his own hands and drives Boone from NY to FLA, where Boone's sister lives. The pleasures are simple as Daniel and Boone enjoy life on the road. The film has a sweet, dappled 70's vibe as the two camp out, go shopping, and jump on hotel beds. The characters are honestly drawn and memorably portrayed. Webber is especially likable as a young man at the crossroads.

Morgan's previous film, Piggy Banks, is also a road movie, although much different in tone. It's about two young brothers who happen to be serial killers. It's an incredible, tense, enlightening film about a much different kind of life on the road. Freeman has really hit his stride with these two road movies.


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29 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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