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The American Dream (2011)

Malcolm Goodwin , Jamil Walker Smith , Jamil Walker Smith  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Malcolm Goodwin, Jamil Walker Smith, Michael Trotter
  • Directors: Jamil Walker Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007R5A1QY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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About to ship off to Afghanistan, newly-enlisted Marines and best friends Luis and Ronald (Jamil Walker Smith, Stargate Universe, and Malcolm Goodwin, American Gangster) ) are armed with dreams that extend beyond their block. Using a movie camera, they chronicle their precious days at home before shipping off. This compelling footage captures the loved ones of these young adults, who are about to embark on a journey that will change their lives forever. Powerful, hilarious, and moving, this film reveals, through the hopes of two men chasing their destiny, the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family that unite us all.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "The American Dream" review August 19, 2012
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"The American Dream" plays much better than those jerky hand held camcorders and there's even a homage to that inserted in the movie. It still manage to retain an edge of professionally done, as I haven't experienced the nauseous seesaw feeling that one get from watching handheld movies. What movie does managed to succeed brilliantly is to haunt me. I kept thinking about long after the movie ended.
First, I want to mention that I am deaf. Though I have a cochlear ear implant, movies are not always understandable to me, no matter how loud it is. The product information does not mention closed captioning (CC) and/or English subtitles. I knew Mr. Walker-Smith was on Twitter and have tweeted him about the possibility of being sent a link to the movie's transcripts, as I've ordered the movie. I and a bunch of other loyal fans continue to follow the careers of the actors from Stargate Universe. Most of the time when I ask about these things, I'd get the standard response of "I'll look into it" but Mr. Smith responded right away with a request for my e-mail so that a link could be sent to me. Bethany Clarke who works at little plow films as well as executive producer of the film, was very cordial and generous. The link was provided, I read it, and then settled down to watch the show on my computer. The captioning device is always on. Imagine my complete surprise when the words started to show up! I checked the box and it says all the way on the bottom of the back of the DVD case that it's CC for the hearing impaired. It doesn't states it whatsoever on the Amazon page. From another seller, I've learned that it's Amazon that sets the product description up. Nonetheless, an independent film that's CC? Not common at all and way awesome to know!
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid first time directorial effort April 17, 2013
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Jamil Walker Smit has put together a smart low-budget film that shows the reality of those who go off to fight for our country, the choices they make (have to make?) in order to do so and what happens when they are finally abroad. All without sacrificing heart and humor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The American Dream July 2, 2012
In their last 36 hours before embarking upon a different type of battleground, i.e., the war in Afghanistan, two best friends, Luis and Ronald, will capture on video their countdown moments leading up to their enlistment as Marine Corp. Luis (Jamil Walker Smith, Stargate Universe) and Ronald (Malcolm Goodwin, American Gangster) are polar opposites in terms of personalities; however, both share memories of growing up in Los Angeles and will leave behind families that express mixed emotions about their decision to fight in the war.

Luis is the lighthearted prankster and Ronald is the philosophical soon-to-be father. Luis was abandoned by his father at a very young age and then later in life by a girlfriend that moved to Brooklyn, NY. Although Luis dreams of being a filmmaker someday, his low grades didn't secure a scholarship to the University. Ronald, on the other hand, is shown reading a thought-provoking book while on a beach excursion and in another scene, talking to and rubbing his pregnant girlfriend's belly. Ronald wants to travel the world and provide for his family. Luis and Ronald are exploring a path of self-discovery and unmask painful emotional wounds. For both, the Marine Corp appears to be the only way out of the neighborhood based on lures of their military recruiter.
Luis and Ronald will eventually joyride, party, and one night stand with random girls who are looking for a carefree time as well. Other film footage captures close relatives and friends giving goodbyes and farewell speeches that interweave piercing political messages. While in Afghanistan, the filming of their experience resumes as they bond with other young adults, with similar hopes and dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE! July 12, 2012
By Tracee
I have seen this movie 3 times and still want to watch it again. I absolutely love the story and the storytelling. I think every film student should see this movie as part of their filmmaking course and even non-filmmakers will enjoy it.
I'm a huge fan!
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