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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.


Chad Hartigan


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





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


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


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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Germany | USA


German | English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moris z Ameryki See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,673, 19 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$88,932, 2 October 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Curtis Gentry: Have you ever fucked bitches two at a time?
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Lyrics + Music by Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock
© Shapeless Music, Jeremy Bullock Music
Courtesy of Sony/ ATV Music Publishing (Germany)
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Average Drama! 5/10
25 September 2017 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I quite enjoyed this simple but entertaining movie, which is based on an American thirteen year old, Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas), who lives with his single dad, Curtis (Craig Robinson), in Germany, after losing his mum. With his dad teaching football, Morris is taught German on a daily basis, and his tutor recommends a summer school, so he can meet other teenagers and make some friends. Although he is the only black student in the school, he soon becomes friends with a young girl called Katrin, (Lina Keller), who leads him up the wrong path, and has a boyfriend. He teaches her about rap music, and she takes him to some wild parties, behind his dad's back. Katrin then pushes him to rap at a talent competition, and his adult language gets Morris kicked out of the school. With his dad away, Morris goes to another wild party with Katrin and a few of her friends, and after an alteration with her boyfriend, he becomes stranded in the middle of nowhere, so he calls his tutor for help, who calls his dad against his wishes. Its quite a simple tale but it's one that every teenager can relate to. The acting is pretty average from the whole cast but the relationship between Curtis and Morris is quite sweet, even though Morris finds it hard to be honest, because of his love for Katrin. Its not the type of movie that will become a worldwide hit but it's a good insight into how difficult it is, for different cultures to mix. Average!

Round-Up: This movie was directed by Chad Hartigan, 35, who also brought you All The Stage Is A World, Date and This Is Martin Bonner. I personally haven't heard of them films before, so this is the first movie that I have seen from this director. He certainly got the most out of Markees, in his first feature film, and he showed a different side to Craig Robinson, who is known for his comedic roles but the film is pretty small in scale and it didn't get wide distribution. Its a shame that this movie will go under the radar because I have seen worse, in this genre.

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $100,000 (Terrible)

I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedy/romance/dramas, starring Craig Robinson, Markees Christmas, Carla Juri, Patrick Guldenberg and Lina Keller. 5/10

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