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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

Writer:

Andrea Arnold
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Astonishing performances, remarkable use of music, and truly deft film-making! 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:

Amerikos mylimoji See more »

Filming Locations:

Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,203, 2 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$662,786, 2 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,751,330, 4 December 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sasha Lane was the second choice for Star. Andrea Arnold had originally cast and rehearsed with a completely different girl, but she backed out two weeks before filming started. Director Andrea Arnold had to slightly rewrite the scripts for Star and Jake due to this. See more »

Goofs

After Jake steals the white Cadillac and hits the road, the right side mirror housing is blue. In a later shot it's white again - the same color as the rest of the car. See more »

Quotes

Star: God's a cunt.
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Crazy Credits

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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References Almost Famous (2000) See more »

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Written by Michael Williams, Slim Jxmmi (as Aaquil Brown) and Swae Lee (as Khalif Brown)
Published by WB Music CORP. (ASCAP), Sounds From Eardrummers LLC. (ASCAP), Warner - Tamerlane Publishing CORP. (BMI), Eardrummers
Entertainment LLC (BMI), Aaquil Brown BMI Pub Designee (BMI), and Khalif Brown BMI Pub Designee (BMI)
All rights on behalf of itself and Sounds From Eardrummers LLC (Admin by WB Music CORP.)
All right on behalf of itself, Eardrummers Entertainment LLC, Aaquil Brown BMI Pub Designee, and Khalif Brown BMI Pub Designee (Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing CORP.)
Performed by Rae Sremmurd
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Sasha Lane!
1 January 2017 | by ghost_dog86See all my reviews

Featuring a cast riddled with amateur actors (aside from Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough (granddaughter of Elvis Presley) "American Honey" is more than just another Cannes Film Festival calling card for writer/director Andrea Arnold, it is a gritty, startling master-class example of "slice of life" direction, the likes of 2016's "Manchester by the Sea" or "King Jack".

Synopsis: A teenage girl, living in extreme poverty, is recruited into a traveling sales crew filled with other teens in her same situation. The group travels cross-country, scamming people into buying magazine subscriptions by day and partying incredibly hard by night.

Arnold's hand-held camera work only helped immerse me into this lesser known subculture, watching these economically disadvantaged teens make sketchy life choices as they come of age inside a van sized commune of their peers. But it's the stellar performance from newcomer Sasha Lane which gives major credibility to this film and justifies some of its more minor flaws as well as the run-time. Much of the satisfaction I received from "American Honey" came from watching Lane's character evolve throughout.

Final Thought: There are a few misplaced lines of dialogue, which seem to force-feed a bit more than I would have liked, and at a nearly three hour run-time, this Indie will be perceived as an intimidating venture for some, but boy is it worth your time. The genuine atmosphere of "American Honey" speaks to this generation like not many movies do, and will stay with you for days after viewing.


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