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Straight A's (2013)

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Pressured by his deceased mother's ghost to return home to the family he abandoned, a former addict grabs a bag of pills and a sack of marijuana and hits the road to Louisiana.

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James Cox

Writer:

Dave Cole (as David Cole)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Scott
Anna Paquin ... Katherine
Luke Wilson ... William
Riley Thomas Stewart ... Charles
Ursula Parker ... Gracie
Amparo Garcia-Crow Amparo Garcia-Crow ... Louisa
Augustin Solis Augustin Solis ... Carlos
Tess Harper ... Mother
Powers Boothe ... Father
Christa Campbell ... Dana
James Carrol James Carrol ... Executive
Josh Meyers ... Jason
Kristen Williams ... Nikki / Craps Table Girl #1
Jon Mack ... Holly / Craps Table Girl #2
Simona Williams ... Carla / Craps Table Girl #3
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Storyline

Years ago, Scott left common lover Katherine at the altar to become a hedonistic junkie. She married his brother William, a successful Louisiana workaholic, who sired a daughter but probably not bright nerd son Charles and is serially adulterous on his many business trips. Now Scott returns on horseback, having lost his drivers permit, inviting himself and proving a popular, yet unreliable uncle for Charles. Making up with father is impossible due to Alzheimer. As Scott keeps surprising his family, his sad secret emerges. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2013 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Sharing Relations See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Powers Boothe. See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) When Scott is speaking to Charles and Gracie in his room the arm behind his head switches from right to left to right. See more »

Quotes

Maria: You know you shouldn't smoke.
Scott: Hell, cigarettes are the least of my problems.
Maria: Yeah, what's your worst?
Scott: My mouth.
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Heart Like a Wheel
Written by Timothy Lee Jones
Performed by Truth & Salvage Co
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A surprisingly good low budget sleeper that deserves a bigger audience then it will get. I really enjoyed this. I say B+
8 February 2013 | by Tony HeckSee all my reviews

"Mom told me to come." After his mother tells him to visit the family he abandoned, Scott (Phillippe) surprises his sister in law (Paquin) and her kids. Decidind to wait for his brother to come home Scott stays and begins to form a relationship with Katherine's kids in spite of her requests. When Scott begins to act like his old self she wants him out, but he is determined to listen to his mother's advice...even though she is dead. I know what your thinking, a man hears his dead mother and listens, that can't make a good movie. You would be wrong. The acting in this is really good, but the story of each character is so well written and thought out that it really makes the movie that much more enjoyable. 99% of movies like this are very predictable and for the most part this one is too, but there is a twist in this I did not see coming, which also adds to the enjoyment of the movie. This is a surprise sleeper that is very much worth seeing. I recommend. Overall, a little low budget movie that proves good movies can be made with a good script. I give it a B+.


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