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Young Americans (2014)

On the verge of aging out of foster care, seventeen year old Mercedes Harper needs money and she needs it now. She manipulates Denver Thomas, a former high school classmate (who happens to ... See full summary »

Director:

Kevin Lacy

Writers:

Kevin Lacy (story), Kevin Lacy | 1 more credit »
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11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stevie Lynn Jones ... Mercedes Harper
Matthew Van Oss ... Denver Thomas
Michelle Bernard ... Tori Harper
John Nicholas ... Detective Riley
Richard Remppel ... Random Man
Carly Thomas Smith Carly Thomas Smith ... Caseworker
Tyler Vickers Tyler Vickers ... Caseworker
Alice Bowden ... Waitress
Andy Aquino ... Background Talent (as Andrew Aquino)
Lizzie Bassett Lizzie Bassett ... Background Talent
Maria L. Bernal Maria L. Bernal ... Waitress
Thomas Biebers ... Bank Teller
Mysti Bluee Mysti Bluee ... Background Talent
Kwanena Bussey Kwanena Bussey ... Background Talent
Shelbe Chang Shelbe Chang ... Bank Customer
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On the verge of aging out of foster care, seventeen year old Mercedes Harper needs money and she needs it now. She manipulates Denver Thomas, a former high school classmate (who happens to have a massive crush on her) to help her plan and execute a bank robbery. Written by Anonymous

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First Love. First Kiss. First Bank Robbery. See more »

Genres:

Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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A Pleasant Surprise
11 March 2014 | by danielkirk-945-272347See all my reviews

You only expect so much from a 30 minute short, so I was surprised to come away from this with the satisfied feeling you get from watching a full movie. Somehow the main characters have time to both come to life and charm. They are complicated enough to seem real, and despite neatly fitting into teen stereotypes they manage to avoid being irritating or flat.

The centre of the film is a bank heist, and when it comes there is real tension. It's an old fashioned thriller - there are no explosions or car chases here but you're on the edge of your seat none the less.

Add utterly convincing performances, and some beautiful camera work, and it leaves me hoping that this will reach a wide audience.


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