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

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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:

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

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1.37 : 1
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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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Krystal: Got anybody who's gonna miss you?
Star: Not really.
Krystal: OK good. You're hired.
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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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Referenced in WatchMojo: Top 10 Great Movies You Missed This Fall (2016) See more »

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Written by E-40 (as Earl T. Stevens, Sr.), Devon Gazaway, Iosua Tima, Clarence Hutchinson, and Michelle Bell
Published by Earl T. Stevens (BMI), We Want Parts Music (ASCAP), Poly Boy Publishing/Kobalt Music Publishing (ASCAP), Keep It Gator/Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. (SESAC), MBellish Music/Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. (ASCAP)
Performed by E-40
Used courtesy of Heavy On The Grind Entertainment, Inc.
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take a van ride
13 October 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Movies are often classified according to genre: comedy, thriller, romance, drama, etc. Writer/director Andrea Arnold (Wuthering Heights, 2011) pays little attention to such labels, and seems to take immense pleasure in spotlighting a segment of society that rarely gets the silver screen treatment. Rather than bring us yet another lawyer, cop, teacher or writer, Ms. Arnold demands we pay attention to a group of misfits.

Our introduction to Star (Sasha Lane) comes from inside a dumpster as she and her young siblings are diving for food behind a grocery store, and afterwards hitchhiking for a ride back home. A chance parking lot meeting with an energetic young man named Jake (Shia LeBeouf) leads Star to take some drastic actions … including joining Jake and his traveling troupe of free-spirited cohorts as they drive around the country selling magazine subscriptions and staying in cheap hotels. In between fabricated sales pitches, there is much alcohol, drugs, hip hop, and sex.

Jake is the top salesperson, but it's Krystal (Riley Keough) who supervises the group with threats, punishment and insults. She understands this is a captive audience with few options … even asking Star "Will anyone miss you?" That question is at the core of what keeps this group together. The van gang is the only community to which they belong – the closest thing to family they have. The handbook's stated purpose may be to "make money", but fundamentally, these folks just want to fit in somewhere.

Director Arnold takes a quasi-documentary approach (similar to last year's Tangerine) that delivers a realistic feel to a world most of us have little knowledge of. Seeing these scam artists bounce through suburbs and rural areas, willing to take advantage of most anyone along the way, generates both empathy and disgust. By design, it's Star with whom we most relate. She clearly has a conscience, but is as naïve to the world as she is sensitive to her own desires. A simple question (used twice) is a kick in the gut to viewers, and the dreams and hopes of these misfits are most puzzling of all.

The use of music is exceptionally well done, leaning heavily on hip-hop and Rihanna (twice). The titular Lady Antebellum song has its moment, as does Darth Vader philosophy and a few flying creatures. Though the run time is entirely too long for an indie that really doesn't follow a traditional narrative, we don't mind too much since we are watching the birth of a new star. Sasha Lane makes an incredible debut, and though the director "discovered" her on spring break in Florida, the natural talent here runs deep. I'm not sure of the market for this film, but it seems obvious Ms. Lane has a much brighter future than her character – or any of the others riding along in the van.


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