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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.Read more ›
So Nick Cannon plays Mike, a confused, lost soul from Bakersfield, CA -- he returns home after his training with some disturbing news about his future, but he chooses not to sully his (last) remaining moments with his family and friends. He discovers the beautiful Cristina (Melonie Diaz) who falls for Mike's wit and fearlessness. Mike also catches up with some of his friends, including his no-good friend Jake (Matt O'Leary) who still manages to flare Mike's temper.
Ultimately, this story is about choices. We all have them. Why do we make stupid decisions? Why do we fall in love? Why, why, why? This movie is not a snore-fest, guys. Seriously, let's see you try to make one better.
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.
"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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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 21 months ago by Dolores A.
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 rolesPublished on October 1, 2013 by Tai fong
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. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Larry Gwynn
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 morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Fiona Jackson
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 morePublished on May 12, 2010 by db
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
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