An ex-convict strikes up a friendship with a boy from a troubled home.


Fisher Stevens
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Timberlake ... Palmer
Ryder Allen ... Sam
Alisha Wainwright ... Maggie
Juno Temple ... Shelly
June Squibb ... Vivian
Lance E. Nichols ... Sibs (as Lance Nichols)
Molly Sue Harrison Molly Sue Harrison ... Emily
J.D. Evermore ... Principal Forbes
Dean Winters ... Jerry
Wynn Everett ... Lucille
Jesse C. Boyd ... Coles (as Jesse Boyd)
Dane Rhodes ... Coles Senior
Stephen Louis Grush ... Daryl
Carson Minniear ... Toby
Nicholas X. Parsons ... Ned


A bullied young non binary child lives with a drug addicted Mother and an abusive boyfriend . Palmer (Justin Timberlake) recently released from prison after serving 12 years for attempted murder, moves in with his Grandmother and rediscovers his heart in the process of learning to accept his past and a new way of being in the world. Written by kateann1027

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content/nudity and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


At 2019, year of the filming, Ryder Allen who performs the young Sam, was only 7 years old and this was his first long feature film. See more »


A crucifix is prominently positioned next to the door of the home, but the grandmother attends a Protestant church, which would use a cross instead of a crucifix. See more »


12 O'Clock Blues
Written by Rayna Gellert, Kieran Kane, Tammy Rogers
Performed by The Steeldrivers
Courtesy of Rounder Records, a division of Concord
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It's Very Good But Let's Be Honest
1 February 2021 | by jarmste2See all my reviews

For the people saying this movie is no good - you're way off. For the people saying it's one of the greatest movies of all time - you're way off. Why can't we just say that a movie is really good, not great? It's a really nice story with interesting characters. I'd recommend it to anyone that has an open mind. Bonus points to JT for playing a character so remarkably different than himself. It resonates for people especially from smaller towns or who have dealt with bullying growing up. I personally loved it, but I'd give it a solid 6 out of 10 in the grand spectrum of movies (and that's just fine).

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Release Date:

29 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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2.39 : 1
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