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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Star
... Jake
... Krystal
... Corey
... Pagan
Crystal Ice ... Katness (as Crystal B. Ice)
Veronica Ezell ... QT (as Verronikah Ezell)
Chad Cox ... Billy (as Chad McKenzie Cox)
Garry Howell ... Austin
Kenneth Kory Tucker ... Sean
Raymond Coalson ... JJ
... Kalium
Dakota Powers ... Runt
Shawna Rae Moseley ... Shaunte
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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14 October 2016 (UK)  »

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Amerikos mylimoji  »

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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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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 »

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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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Out The Mud
Written by Kevin Gates (as Kevin Gilyard), Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Andre Davidson, Sean Davidson and Maurice Nathan Simmonds
Published by Artist Publishing Group West (ASCAP), Kevin gates Music (ASCAP), WB Music CORP. (ASCAP) and Trac-N-Field Entertainment LLC (ASCAP)
All Rights on behalf of Artist Publishing Group West, Kevin Gates Music, Itself And Trac-N-Field Entertainment LLC (Admin by WB Music CORP). Numbers Don't Lie LLC (Admin. by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd)
Performed by Kevin Gates
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Lost and found on the road to nowhere.
2 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

A young girl, named Star, with no economic abilities, bears the heavy responsibility of raising her two younger siblings.

Hungry after living the life of a teenager she gets attracted to a group of young people at a supermarket with high spirit and a bad attitude. She leaves her siblings behind and joins the group who lives from day to day selling magazines to whomever they meet. The common denominator is the selling of magazines. How to do it? How to manipulate the potential buyer with different kind of stories up the sleeve that is supposed to impose sympathy? As Oliver Twist is lured into Fagins lair and is taught to pick pockets without knowing what he is doing so is Star initially. At the point where she understands the rules and laws of the group, she is involved in such a way that she accepts the game and takes some very big risks and further compromises her own moral values.

The force of the movie is the depiction of the life on the road, the interaction between our marginalized young people and slowly getting to know our protagonist, who in the beginning is the silent observer and little by little starts to unfold her personality.

I can see that the movie is being criticized for being very long and not having a story that develops from a start- to an endpoint. I agree that some of the scenes are prolonged to a point that seems unnecessary. Besides this I think that this movie is a perfect example of how the truth often lies in the detail. This means that we need to dwell in some of the scenes and that the artistic challenge is to let this happen in a way that gets the audience involved.

Again I must express my deepest respect for director Andrea Arnold who has the rare ability to show a milieu in such a convincing way that it at certain points seems as if you are not watching a movie but instead a documentary but without losing the storytelling.

Regards Simon


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