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Trucker (2008)

R | | Drama | 24 April 2008 (USA)
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A trucker, leading a life free of depth and on the way to nowhere, is forced to make a decision about her aggressive loner 11-year-old son whom she openly deserted ten years previously.

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James Mottern

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James Mottern
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Monaghan ... Diane Ford
Nathan Fillion ... Runner
Benjamin Bratt ... Len Bonner
Joey Lauren Adams ... Jenny Bell
Jimmy Bennett ... Peter
Bryce Johnson ... Rick
Brandon Hanson ... Tom
Maya McLaughlin ... Molly
Ricky Ellison Ricky Ellison ... Robert
Matthew Lawrence ... Scott
Johnny Simmons ... Teenager #1 (as Jonnie Simmons)
Stephen Sowan ... Teenager #2
Dennis Hayden ... Trucker
Mika Boorem ... Young Woman
Franklin Dennis Jones ... Jonnie
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Storyline

Diane's free-wheeling life of drunken one-night-stands as a professional trucker hits a road block when Peter, her son, is dropped at her doorstep. Her former husband Len, whom she abandoned eleven years ago along with their new-born son, has cancer and no one else to turn to while he's in the hospital. Peter, resentful and wary, wants, even needs a mother who'll want him at this worrisome time but knows better than to expect this from Diane. With deliveries waiting and a mortgage to be paid, there's only one inevitable thing ahead for Diane and Peter - a road trip together. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some things in life you can't leave behind

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, language, brief drug use involving minors, and a sexual assault

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminhoneira See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomington, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,298, 9 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$52,166, 17 January 2010
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Demi Moore was considered for the lead. See more »

Quotes

Runner: What would you say if I leaned in a little right here?
Diane Ford: I guess I'd tell you when you got here.
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Referenced in Talking with Chris Hardwick: Michelle Monaghan (2017) See more »

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Best film I've seen in a long time
8 January 2010 | by cadfileSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see "Trucker" the other day and I loved the flick. The cast did a great job and the look and lighting of the film added to the tone.

Michelle Monaghan plays Diane Ford, a long haul truck driver, who has her carefree and relationship free life style upended when a medical emergency forces her to take in the child she abandoned 11 years before. Peter's father, played by Benjamin Bratt, is sick with cancer and his girlfriend Jenny, played by the great Joey Lauren Adams is stuck with other obligations and has to leave the kid with Diane. Peter, played by Jimmy Bennett, is just as cross as his mother at the situation. The film deals mainly with Diane and Peter reconnecting and the change that happens in both their lives.

Monaghan kills the part of Diane. She walks fast, talks fast, drives fast, and drinks hard. She refuses to let anyone get close to her including her best friend Runner, played by Nathan Fillion.

In the days after Peter shows up you can see Diane struggling with it. It seems to bring back the memories from the time the kid was born and all the baggage she ran out on but she can't run away this time.

Both Diane and Peter feel their away around each other since they don't know one another that well. We do see some sparks of maternal feelings from Diane and the kid begins to soften in his anger toward his mom.

What got me was seeing Diane's raw emotions at times in her eyes. Kudos' to Monaghan for bring that out in the character. And her character arc is not cliché' or predictable in the least. The film kept my interest for the whole 90 minute running time.

I don't get to see to many great female characters in many films but it was great to have the opportunity to see Diane and get a taste of her long journey.


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