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Free Ride (2013)

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A single mom caught up in the Florida drug trade during the late 1970s tries to make a better life for her two girls.

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Shana Betz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Christina
Liana Liberato ... MJ
Ava Acres ... Shell
Drea de Matteo ... Sandy
Daniella Garcia ... Zada (as Daniella Garcia-Lorido)
Cam Gigandet ... Ray
Brit Morgan ... Rain
Kyle T. Heffner ... Messenger / Duane (as Kyle Heffner)
Lloyd Owen ... The Captain
Eddie Pepitone ... BK
Jeff Hephner ... Bossman
V.J. Foster ... Captain Jim (as VJ Foster)
Sabrina Gennarino ... Gina
Michael Coveduck Noland Michael Coveduck Noland ... Neighbor Boy (as Michael Coveduck)
Aaron Conte ... Terry
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A single mom caught up in the Florida drug trade during the late 1970s tries to make a better life for her two girls.

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drugs | f rated | See All (2) »

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Crime pays...or it costs you everything.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocuklarim Icin See more »

Filming Locations:

Sarasota County, Florida, USA See more »

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Trivia

Even though the movie is supposed to take place in the late 70s, In two of the bar scenes "Say Goodnight to the World" by Dax Riggs can be heard playing in the background. The song was released in 2010. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shell: [narrating] Gas, grass or ass. Nobody rides for free. At least that's what my mom says.
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Free Ride Theme Song
Written and Published by Brandi Carlile, Mike McCready
Courtesy of Unisus Music, KJ Waves Music
Under License from WB Music Corp, Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP
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MJ better lead character
3 April 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1977. Christina Willand (Anna Paquin) escapes her abusive partner taking her daughters MJ (Liana Liberato) and Shell (Ava Acres) from Barberton, Ohio to Sandy (Drea de Matteo) in Florida. Christina gets a job cleaning mansions. Sandy gets her involved dealing with Ray (Cam Gigandet) and the Bossman. They are soon transporting large amounts of drugs. The family is given a house to live in while the Bossman stores drugs in the barn.

I think this movie is set up for something better. Instead, the story just lays there without sustained drama. It's a bit random and disjointed. Christina as a character doesn't change enough to be compelling. This may be better off as a movie about MJ and her relationship with her mother. Her character changes much more from telling her little sister to come clean about stealing gum to dealing with her drug transporting mom to falling into troubled herself. She's traveling a more compelling journey. I also don't understand why they wouldn't dramatize the climatic crash with Sandy instead of the new character Rain. This is supposedly director/writer Shana Betz's real life as the character Shell and maybe she didn't fictionalize the story enough. She needs to rewrite this with an eye towards making a compelling story.


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