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American Honey (2016)

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A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

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Andrea Arnold

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Andrea Arnold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Lane ... Star
Shia LaBeouf ... Jake
Riley Keough ... Krystal
McCaul Lombardi ... Corey
Arielle Holmes ... Pagan
Crystal Ice Crystal Ice ... Katness (as Crystal B. Ice)
Veronica Ezell Veronica Ezell ... QT (as Verronikah Ezell)
Chad Cox Chad Cox ... Billy (as Chad McKenzie Cox)
Garry Howell Garry Howell ... Austin
Kenneth Kory Tucker Kenneth Kory Tucker ... Sean
Raymond Coalson Raymond Coalson ... JJ
Isaiah Stone ... Kalium
Dakota Powers Dakota Powers ... Runt
Shawna Rae Moseley Shawna Rae Moseley ... Shaunte
Christopher David Wright Christopher David Wright ... Riley
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Star, a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Written by Anonymous

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Travel across the vast emptiness of the American dream. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

American Honey See more »

Filming Locations:

Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,203, 2 October 2016

Gross USA:

$663,246

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,290,649
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Dolby Digital

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Andrea Arnold wanted to work with unknown actors. She would often approach teenagers on the street whom she thought would be good for the movie, and hold impromptu auditions in parking lots. See more »

Goofs

When Star is entering the truck of the Oil Worker you can see a crew member (maybe two?) in the rear seats. See more »

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Krystal: Where's that accent from?
Star: Texas.
Krystal: So you're a southern girl. A real American honey like me. You know that song?
Star: No.
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The closing credits, after the lead actor names, consist of a list of names, alphabetized by first name, with no indication of whether they are crew or cast -- no job titles or character names. And there are no opening credits. See more »

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Startling
26 September 2016 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

Much of Andrea Arnold's American HONEY reminds me of Larry Clark's 1995 film, "Kids," struggling adolescent years, but American HONEY is much more nuanced in that on one hand you have this somewhat social commentary about how we are the richest nation in the world and yet so many of our teens live in poverty and they have to hustle and do certain demeaning things just to get by, just to survive, just to feed themselves. On the other hand, you could see American HONEY from the perspective of the characters and the impressive way in which they organize, you can see their selling and marketing skills, despite it being a scam and rough around the edges. They're doing what wall street does basically but on a smaller, smaller, way smaller scale.

Sasha Lane plays free spirited teenage named star who leaves her troubled trashy home to go on a road trip with traveling laborers her age, they go from town to town, door to door, to sell magazines. Riley Keough plays Krystal, the leader of the crew, and Shia LaBeouf plays Jake, who recruits new members. There's freedom and hard partying that come with this life, Star doesn't essentially agree with some of the group's methods, although young love and jealousy ultimately motivate Star to bend her own morality rule just to prove herself.

Firstly, just a heads up, this movie is 163 minutes long, probably not quite as long as those "Hobbit" movies but definitely one that you'd have to be willing to set aside a big chunk of your evening for, should you want to check out this film. I have to give credit to writer/director Andrea Arnold, not only for this raw depiction of American youth living on the margins, but also the casting decisions, the actors in this film are so convincing, in terms of their looks, their attitude and the way they carry themselves, you start to wonder if they really do live on the margins. Many of the moments in the film are spent on the characters bonding, so it seems that, and I'm assuming, cinematographer Robbie Ryan had to sit inside that van and operate the camera around as one character has their dialogue with another, and it's already crowded as it is, it'd be interesting to see behind-the-scenes video on how they pulled that off.

Arnold is not focusing on income disparity in the inner cities, nope, American HONEY showcases income disparity out in the plain fields of the American midwest. But this isn't some kind of poverty extravaganza either like "Winter's Bone," or "Slumdog Millionaire," the characters in American HONEY get by, they do OK one day at a time, but they undergo unforgiving journeys through suburban sprawl through small towns clearly affected by economic downturn, and you see the resilience in their hearts. You may disagree with their methods, some might even see it as dangerous but what can a fractured, abandoned life can do but to fill the cracks however way they can. They're still teenagers going through crushes and heartbreaks, your usual teenage ordeals, but they're also in a situation where they're forced to be independent adults faster, and Andrea Arnold beautifully captures all of that in American HONEY.

-- Rama's Screen --


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