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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.

Director:

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

The movie is said to be set in Louisiana, but William (Luke Wilson) says (while on a business trip), "When I get back to Dallas, I'm leaving my wife." See more »

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While Scott is talking in his room with Charlesabout Charles's worries about making his speech, the boom mic is reflected in the framed art's glass behind Scott. See more »

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Charles: I don't know how a person is supposed to act when someone they love dies. I guess everyone reacts in different ways. I was lucky enough to know Uncle Scott for a grand total of four days, and here's how I would sum him up in three lines. He was a fire-bellied toad who took a chance and became a prince for a day.
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I've Never Been This Blue
Written by Stephen Edwards
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Doesn't work at all, in spite of good idea
29 August 2013 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Maybe I was expecting too much, but "Straight A's" is a low budget film with several problems. The plot is OK, but technically this film is quite amateurish. The acting is not top notch either, and Ryan Philippe's worst film so far. Besides that this is a film filled with really disgusting men, which all sweets up in the end.

I immediately reacted to the bad opening family film-music, the childish writing and then the staged opening with the cowboy riding in from the sun in slow motion. Then the meeting with the strange kids rather bad monologue when he is talking in a narrative setting. Then I reacted equally negative to the voices which seemed so artificial that I thought it was put on after-wards, after being read in a studio. Then I thought th cutting was amateurish. What a bad start! After 10 minutes I reacted negatively to the music, and then the supposedly cute kids, which are acting forced.

But some way along the little boy Charles is really starting to charm up. He's really doing his best, showing some talent when the film has passed the hour.

The plot is not bad, but everything in it is quite badly executed. Director James Cox is not up to it, and the writing by David Cle is also under average. You won't be sorry if you leave this on the shelf, or stop watching after the first minutes.


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