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Luce (2019)

R | | Drama | 23 August 2019 (USA)
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A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

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Julius Onah

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J.C. Lee (play), J.C. Lee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Amy Edgar
Octavia Spencer ... Harriet Wilson
Tim Roth ... Peter Edgar
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Luce Edgar
Norbert Leo Butz ... Dan Towson
Andrea Bang ... Stephanie Kim
Marsha Stephanie Blake ... Rosemary Wilson
Omar Shariff Brunson Jr. ... Corey Johnson (as Omar Brunson)
Noah Gaynor ... Kenny Orlicki
Astro ... DeShaun Meeks
Christopher Mann ... Coach Reeves
Hannah Cabell ... Lena Tennyson
Colton Osorio ... Latino Boy
Gibson Frazier ... Man
Ian Unterman ... Other Man
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A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

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The Truth Has Many Faces

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luce See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$132,987, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$2,010,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,268,204
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Naomi Watts was convinced to take the part after watching Kelvin Harrison Jnr's audition tape See more »

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When Luce goes for a run he takes his shirt off and throws it on top of a box in his closet top left. When he returns from his run and his mom is in his room, the shirt is gone. See more »

Quotes

Luce Edgar: When I first met my mother, she couldn't pronounce my name. My father suggested that they rename me. They picked Luce, which means light.
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Complicated. Who Will You Believe?
29 November 2019 | by itsbobrSee all my reviews

At 7 years of age, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr) came from worn torn Eritrea and a white couple, Pete Edgar (Tim Roth) and wife Amy (Naomi Watts) adopted him. Luce has exceeded all expectations Scholastically and Athletically in his High School. All is good until his teacher Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spenser) reads a report Luce did that seemed, to her, that he is advocating violence against the powers that run everything. Since that reading, she also invaded his locker and found illegal fireworks. She tells Amy and gives her the bag of fireworks and Amy hides them in her house.

This is a complicated story and we don't know who to believe about anything. We see deception, lies, and Ms Wilson outing a student DeShaun (Astro) in line for a basketball scholarship when she found drugs in his locker and he was expelled.

At some point Pete and Amy bicker about believing in their son. Luce tells them he shares a locker with others and the fireworks are not his. Amy believes him, Pete does not.

So, as we go along, we will see that there are many things that we are not sure of. Who helped pass around Stephanie (Andrea Bang) at a Christmas party onto laps so the boys could have their fun with her? Was Luce involved? Stephanie tells Amy no, but she tells Harriet Wilson, yes. Who wrote in red paint on Harriet's windows that Harriet Wilson is a bitch? Was it Luce? He claims he was somewhere else during that night.

Notable: Marsha Stephanie Blake as Rose, Harriet's sister who has a condition Harriet cannot cope with, but we don't see any resolution; Norbert Leo Butz as principal Dan Towson, who wants to believe Harriet Wilson, but...............

Now here's the thing: Harriet Wilson believes she is not fooled by Luce. Is she right? Stay tuned as Amy has it all figured out. Will you?

When stories come about like this and you don't know who or what to believe, you become quite engaged to find out the truth. Will you? (7/10)

Violence: No. Sex: Yes. Nudity: yes. Humor: No. Language: Yes. Rating: B


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