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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

Writer:

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:

Trucker See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomington, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,458, 11 October 2009

Gross USA:

$52,429

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,429
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Monaghan learned to drive a big rig for the film. See more »

Quotes

Runner: I'm not putting tampons in my nose!
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.4 (2011) See more »

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I Don't Want To Change Your Mind
Written by James Kalamasz, Danny Kirsic
Performed by The Wildlife Band
Published by Abaco Music Library / Epervier
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Not great, but a very interesting drama
27 August 2010 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

It is always interesting to see how an independent filmmaker can re-interpret the classic formulas from commercial cinema, discovering unexpected deepness and intense emotions where nothing new seemed to exist.The film Trucker falls into that category, and even though I did not find it to be a great film, it shows enough honesty to make it very interesting, at the same time it is supported by excellent performances.

The formula this movie re-interprets is the one of "irresponsible adult takes care of a kid and both end up learning life lessons".That cliché usually impulses pathetic comedies such as The Game Plan, Uptown Girls and Raising Helen.Trucker is not a comedy, even though it follows a similar narrative formula; fortunately, its detailed characters, raw intensity and honest intentions bring to it the realism those comedies lack of, as well as a strong narrative basis in order to tell a classic story in a fresh way.

Director and screenwriter James Mottern created an interesting main character with a credible narrative ark; however, he should have polished some details from her a bit more.Besides, this film has a few moments which feel a bit tiring.

Nevertheless, the brilliant performances are the main thing which compensate that fails to some point.Many people could think that Michelle Monaghan took the leading role in this movie in order to bring one of those "ugly" and glamour-free dramatic performances which worked for Charlize Theron in Monster so well.However, I would not think like that, because Monaghan had already shown her histrionic talent in the excellent Gone Baby Gone, and in Trucker, she confirms that she is a magnificent actress, at the same time she explores levels of deepness that she did not have the opportunity to show in the action films (Eagle Eye, Mission: Impossible III) and comedies (Made of Honor, The Heartbreak Kid) she has been involved in.I do not exaggerate by saying her performance in Trucker is truly phenomenal, and it is pity that it went so unnoticed by the awards and the film critics.Nathan Fillion also brings a precise and honest performance; Jimmy Bennett shows he is a solid young actor, because his performance feels organic; and I also liked the work from actors Benjamin Bratt (whom I rarely swallow) and Joey Lauren Adams.

So, in summary, I would not consider Trucker to be an excellent film, but I liked it pretty much, and I recommend it mainly because of its honesty and its performances.It will be interesting to follow Mottern's career, because he shows potential.


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