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American Honey (2016)

R | | Drama | 14 October 2016 (UK)
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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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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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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$71,203 (USA) (30 September 2016)

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$662,786 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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Partly inspired by a 2007 New York Times article about the on-the-road existence of the "mag crew" kids. See more »

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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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Star: God's a cunt.
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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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Copperhead Road
Written and performed by Steve Earle
Published by Goldline Music, INC. (ASCAP) and Duke Of Earle Music (ASCAP)
All rights on behalf of WB Music CORP, Goldline Music, INC. and Duke Of Earle Music
(Admin. by Warner/Chappell North America LTD) Universal/MCA Music Ltd.
Courtesy of MCA Records Nashville
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Sasha Lane!
1 January 2017 | by See 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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