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Morris from America (2016)

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The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director:

Chad Hartigan

Writer:

Chad Hartigan
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Markees Christmas ... Morris Gentry
Craig Robinson ... Curtis Gentry
Carla Juri ... Inka
Patrick Güldenberg ... Sven
Levin Henning Levin Henning ... Bastian
Leon Badenhop Leon Badenhop ... Rainer
Lina Keller ... Katrin
Marie Löschhorn Marie Löschhorn ... Birgit
Josephine Becker Josephine Becker ... Nadine
Roger Ditter Roger Ditter ... Alex - Soccer Trainer #1
Florian Von Stockum Florian Von Stockum ... Jakob - Soccer Trainer #2 (as Florian von Stockum)
Nora Borchert Nora Borchert ... Ballet Dancer
Diana Ionescu Diana Ionescu ... Ballet Dancer
Anna Sodan Anna Sodan ... Ballet Dancer
Anabel Möbius Anabel Möbius ... Industrial Party Girl
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Storyline

Morris is a 13-year-old African-American who moves to Heidelberg with his dad, who coaches professional soccer. The film explores Morris's attempts to fit in with German kids. He falls for a girl at a youth club and she encourages him to open up a little and share his rapping. Written by Sundance goer

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Nothing rhymes with Germany

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for teen drug use and partying, sexual material, brief nudity, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

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German | English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moris z Ameryki See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,673, 19 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$88,932, 2 October 2016
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Craig Robinson was cast in the second season of the television series "Mr. Robot" as Ray after Sam Esmail (creator of the series) watched early footage of his role in this film and sought to contact his agent. See more »

Quotes

Curtis Gentry: Have you ever fucked bitches two at a time?
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Pauke
Written by Roman Wilhelm (aka Roman946)
Performed by F.F.F. ( Falk Buchröder, Thorsten Droessler, Guido Karnstedt, Roman Wilhelm (as Roman946)
© FFF 2009
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Terrific Craig Robinson as supportive parent isn't enough to compensate for role of surly son and tale of teenage angst
24 February 2017 | by TurfseerSee all my reviews

You might remember Chris Hartigan from his second feature a few years ago, This is Martin Bonner, an offbeat indie about a volunteer counselor for a Christian-based group who has a mentoring program to rehabilitate convicts. And now Hartigan has a new offbeat film on the unusual topic of an African-American father and teenage son, living in Heidelberg, Germany.

Kudos to Hartigan for coming up a setting that we rarely get to see— i.e., African-Americans interacting with foreigners. The protagonist is Morris Gentry, the teenage son of Curtis Gentry, a coach employed by a German soccer team.

Most critics agree that the talented comedian, Craig Robinson, steals the show as Morris' father, who tries to be a good parent to his rebellious son, played by Markees Christmas. Curtis' life is made much more difficult by the lack of presence of his wife, who passed away before father and son find themselves on foreign soil. Curtis is asked to perform a balancing act with Morris, unsure as to how much discipline he should dole out. He is overprotective precisely because of both of their vulnerable positions as African-Americans—veritable strangers in a strange land. The main point is that this is a father who cares about his son and Robinson does a great job conveying his commitment and sensitivity.

While Morris is the victim of racial stereotyping by a coterie of obnoxious German teens who hang out at a local cultural center (they disparagingly refer to Morris as "Kobe Bryant" before they discover he's not a basketball player), Morris wins few points also with his surly disposition. The coming of age plot feels familiar after Morris falls for a slightly older German girl, Karin, another rebellious teenager who also has stereotyped impressions of black people—she dubs Morris a "gangsta-rapper" and eventually dumps him for a German boy who rides a motorcycle.

Most of the German kids here don't come off well at all and only Morris' tutor, Inka, provides a positive role model for the beleaguered teenager. While I appreciated Hartigan's positive focus on the father- son bonding, Markees Chirstmas is saddled with a character that lacks the requisite charm. In the end, Hartigan's plot of a teenager's lesson learned isn't enough to compensate for all of Craig Robinson's good work as the supportive parent.


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