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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Timberlake ... Carlton
Ted Danson ... Coach
Harry Dean Stanton ... Amon
Mary Steenburgen ... Katherine
Kate Mara ... Lucy
Jeff Bridges ... Kyle
Bret Saberhagen Bret Saberhagen ... Himself
Robert Casserly Robert Casserly ... Moderator
Tony Sanford Tony Sanford ... Fan #1
Kevin Lee Foxx Kevin Lee Foxx ... Fan #2 (as Kevin Foxx)
Paxton Brown Paxton Brown ... 10-Year Old Kid
Douglas M. Griffin ... 10-Year Old's Father
Wayne Douglas Morgan ... Organizer
Clay Chamberlin Clay Chamberlin ... Impatient Fan (as Clay Chamberlain)
Yohance Myles ... Convention Assistant
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atviras kelias See more »

Filming Locations:

Hammond, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,323, 30 August 2009

Gross USA:

$19,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,716
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges' character's surname is Garrett. Bridges had an older brother named Garrett, born June 14, 1948 but died from SIDS on August 3, 1948. See more »

Goofs

When they are stopped in front of the train you can see a car pulls up behind them. In certain shots the car is there and in others it's not, but the guy gets out later and they are stopped because of a passing train so it's clear it should have never moved. 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

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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I just saw the Open Road !
29 August 2009 | by gatermonSee all my reviews

I thought Timberlake and Bridges were a good match as dysfunctional father and son. Good story line and nice set of subtle twists and turns. Timberlake was impressive as an actor, quite believable really . Kate Mara , soft spoken yet sweet girl next door kind of looks ... A believable , down home story that I thought was well executed. I especially liked that there were no Chase Scenes, Gunshots, , Violence, not much foul language. Good Music too by the way ... Lots of Bluezy ,Jazzy, Piano and Organ Background music, well suited for this flick. Id like to see more films with this kind of score.I especially liked the piano piece in the Lyle Lovette section of the movie! Im not sure if The Open Road will be a blockbuster, especially with whats out there these days , But i guarantee it will please young and Old alike in that it is a somewhat heartwarming, real laid back, enjoyable movie for all to see. I can imagine after a nice run in theaters, it will do very well on DVD and on the HBO and SHOWTIME kinds of movie networks !

I have two concerns though... first, It was a very limited opening in very few theaters in very few Cities ,and second ,not enough advertising,There wasn't even a Poster up in the 20 theater cinaplex I saw it in !

Not even the people who worked in the theater knew ANYTHING about this film ... Lets give "The Open Road" a fighting chance !


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