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American Son (2008)

Nick Cannon , Chi McBride , Neil Abramson  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Cannon, Chi McBride, Jay Hernandez, Matt O'Leary, Melonie Diaz
  • Directors: Neil Abramson
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Son" on IMDb

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Take an intimate look into the heart and mind of an American soldier in the riveting urban drama that captivated audiences at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. What would you do if you had just four days to say goodbye to everyone who was importrant to you? Nineteen year old Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) has 96 hours to make peace with his frieds and family and maybe even begin a new relationship on the eve of his deployment to Iraq. Get a glimpse of the emotional battlefield our troops navigate as they leave America's streets to fight in a completely different world. Experience a gripping story that rises above politics and centers on the personal challenges of a tough young man with an uncertain future. It's a facinating film you won't soon forget.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In 2008, the film "AMERICAN SON", directed by Neil Abramson ("Defining Maggie", "Without Air") and screenwriter Eric Schmid submitted their film to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the "Grand Jury Prize". The film eventually was picked up by MIRAMAX films and now makes its DVD debut.

The film stars Nick Cannon (husband of Mariah Carey and appeared on the show "All That", "Men in Black II" and "Drumline") as Mike Holland, a 19-year-old who wanted to do something with his life but with no money to pay for college, elected to join the US Marines. After completing boot camp, the young soldier is told that his squadron will be sent to Iraq and have a 4-day vacation (96 hours) before leaving.

So, Mike decides to use his 96 hours and go back home to Bakersfield, California. While on the bus, Mike meets Cristina (Melonie Diaz, "Nip/Tuck", "Be Kind Rewind", "Feel the Noise"), a college student who is also returning to Bakersfield to meet with her family. Immediately spending time at the bus, Mike becomes smitten with her and manages to get her phone number.

When Mike arrives home, he is greeted by his good friend Jake (Matt O'Leary, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Live Free or Die Hard" and the "Spy Kids" films) who is happy to be reunited with his buddies and plan for a night out with friends in celebration of Mike's return home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Days Before Iraq August 25, 2009
I first saw this film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with an enthusiastic crowd, and I highly recommend it.

Nick Cannon gives an honest, top-notch performance as a young soldier during his final four days before shipping out to the Middle East. The acting is excellent, the dialogue is real, the relationships are believable and the direction is tight.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Overseas Deployment August 26, 2009
"American Son," a nominee for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award, spotlights 19-year-old Marine Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) who, after completing basic training at Camp Pendleton, spends a four-day Thanksgiving leave with his family and friends in Bakersfield, California. Mike can't bring himself to tell them what comes next for him: deployment to Iraq for his first tour of duty. As Mike attempts to reconnect with his Mom (April Grace), stepfather (Tom Sizemore), and sister (Erica Gluck), and say goodbye to his troubled best friend, Jake (Matt O'Leary), before shipping out, he becomes distracted by the uncertain future he faces. Instead of spending time with his disintegrating family or the lifelong friend he will leave behind, all he can think about is seeing Cristina (Melonie Diaz), a young woman he casually flirted with on the bus into town.
"American Son" shows the conflict young people face as they undertake a mission they know will present daily life-or-death situations. It's about taking stock of what is really important and acting on it, rather than sticking with an unfulfilling status quo. Cannon is very good as Mike and we sympathize with him having to make decisions without enough time to think them through completely. We know what Mike will be facing overseas. Though there are no tanks, mortars, and roadside bombs, the war is already taking its toll. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, audio commentary with director Neil Abramson, and deleted scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A side of Nick Cannon August 20, 2013
I have to be honest, I have never been a big fan of Nick Cannon as a actor, not having much to go on except maybe "Drum line" and that silly America's got Talent. I picked this up as one of those dvd's in the $5.00 bin at your local Walmart. You know the kind.. 10 movies on 3 discs, half you never heard of and maybe 2 movies you have. I have to give Nick props for his portrayal of a soldier heading to Iraq. This movie shows his depth as an actor. I wanted to hate this movie but I couldn't. I was mesmerized by his quiet, cheerful demeanor that over time engrosses you and you actually "like" the guy. It's a moving story that sometimes seems jumpy and disjointed but overall it settles down and makes it's case. If you get a chance, see it. If you think you knew Nick Cannon, this movie will change your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Heartfelt August 31, 2009
Well, As a true Nick Cannon fan... for no reason other than he is a great actor and has a slew of Indie films under his belt, I feel in this film, he definitely delivered as a true soldier. His Chemistry with Melonie Diaz is cute, pure, and fun... It really does remind me of where I grew up, with not too much to do but party, drink, sell drugs or even do them. He's just another Brother who made it out of a "swallow-you whole" environment... the movie is beautifully executed throughout. I'm glad that towards the end of the film, it finally hits (Cannon) on what's about to go down. Please believe it folks, it's real!...

P.S... I cried watching this movie too. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Son (blu-ray)
I gave it 5 stars because it was a very good movie to watch the first time and I wanted to watch it again.
Published 5 months ago by Dolores A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great movie I really loved it and Nick Cannon did a great job in this movie. I must admit this was one of Nick's best roles
Published 12 months ago by Tai fong
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie was not as bad as it looks...
I know, I know! Nick Cannon, right? It must be bad. But in all honesty, this is like one of those movies you would watch one early morning and end up being amazed by how wrong you... Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Midan "The Reviewer" Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Bad
This is the slowest, most predictable movie ever. Though it has a couple of redeeming features, the acting is okay, and the cinematography was okay, the incredibly dull story line... Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by Fiona Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars UN-AMERICAN
This was probably the most boring movie I have ever seen. The plot was not bad but the way it was put together was. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by db
4.0 out of 5 stars American Son
Good movie, very good performance by Nick Cannon. I can relate to this movie so it hit very close to home.
Published on November 13, 2009 by Cuz
5.0 out of 5 stars a love story men will like!
This movie provides a modern depiction of a soldier's last few days before heading off to war. It is both a love story and a buddy movie with broad appeal. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by J. Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Nick Cannon, you will love this movie!
This movie was one of the most talked about at the Sundance 2008 Film Festival. It's a funny, heart wrenching, realistic depiction of a Marine during his last 72 hour liberty and... Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by C. Frisina
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