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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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Michael Meredith

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

they've got a long way to go.

Genres:

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:

Avoin tie See more »

Filming Locations:

Hammond, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,169, 4 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,348, 6 September 2009
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

Carlton, Lucy and Kyle are leaving out of Memphis on a Southwest Airlines flight. Southwest has never flown out of Memphis. See more »

Quotes

Kyle: I'd kill a man to be twenty-five again.
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Connections

References The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

King of Love
Written by Hal Ketchum
Performed by Hal Ketchum
Courtesy of Mike Curb Music, Hal Ketchum Music and Curb Records
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Long road

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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