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Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan), a vivacious and successful independent truck driver, leads a carefree life of long-haul trucking, one night stands and all-night drinking with Runner (Nathan Fillion, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog; Cast) until the evening her estranged 11-year-old son, Peter (Jimmy Bennett, young James Kirk in Star Trek) is unexpectedly dropped at her door.

Peter hasn't seen his mother since he was a baby and wants to live with Diane as little as she wants him, but they are stuck with each other at least for now, while his father Len (Benjamin Bratt) is in the hospital.

Burdened with this new responsibility and seeing the life of freedom she's fought for now jeopardized, Diane steps reluctantly into her past and looks sidelong at an uncharted future that is not as simple or straight forward as she had once believed possible.

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Michelle Monaghan's commanding performance in the title role carries Trucker--and that's a good thing, because there's not an awful lot happening in director-writer James Mottern's 2008 film other than the characters and their relationships to themselves and those around them. Monaghan's Diane Ford is a tough cookie, a loner who passes the time with long hauls, heavy drinking, and not-even-one-night stands--if this woman was interested in commitment, she wouldn't have walked out 10 years earlier on her infant son and his father (Benjamin Bratt, good in a limited role). But now her ex is seriously ill and his girlfriend has her own family issues to deal with, leaving Diane to look after 11-year-old Peter for the time being… or maybe longer. There are no surprises in store here, as mother and son, as expected, mix about as well as oil and water. (If this were a contest to determine who is less mature, Diane would win in a landslide; unable to even call the kid by his name--"dude" is the best she can do--she could hardly be less maternal and more tactless). Anyone who doesn't think that will change hasn't seen many movies. But a predictable outcome doesn't necessarily preclude enjoying the ride; the performances by Monaghan, young Jimmy Bennett (as Peter), and Nathan Fillion (as Runner, Diane's drinking buddy and would-be lover) are enough to sustain our interest, and the film's lack of meretricious sentimentality is refreshing. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt, Jimmy Bennett, Joey Lauren Adams
  • Directors: James Mottern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T9H2O2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jadecat VINE VOICE on March 10, 2011
Format: DVD
First I must admit, I am a Nathan Fillion fangirl. Got this movie just because he was in it, but it took me 5 months to get around to watching it. I have to say the description of the movie on the amazon page makes it sound like a real downer of a movie. Plus, I didn't know of Michelle Monaghan, the lead actress, so I put off watching it. Well, now I am a fan of hers. I think she pulled off the character perfectly. You wouldn't expect to pull for a woman that left her husband and baby to work as truck driver. You sense the character has some inner demons and that she hasn't quite dealt with them yet. The arrival of her son, 11 years later, starts to crack her tough, independent facade. She is 28-29 years old at the time and finally starts to reflect on her life and future.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and was glad it wasn't as depressing as I feared it might be. Not that it is a humorous laugh fest, but it has its moments. The lives you see on the screen could be lives people are actually living.

Some of the naysayers of this movie really got up in arms over a particular scene in the movie (no spoilers here), but I disagree with their viewpoints of it, and think that Diane (Monaghans character) acted totally within character in how she handled it. Life is unpredictable and when crap happens, it's way too easy for others to critique how someone else handles something when they weren't even there. Armchair quarterbacking I saw.

And of course, Nathan Fillion was totally awesome and as good looking as ever. 2 good reasons to watch the movie, a good (chick-ish)flick, and Fillion!
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Trucker is a DVD movie about an independent-minded truck driver Diane Ford, accustomed to enjoying a carefree life marked by one-night love affairs, hard drinking, and long haul days on the road. But her life changes dramatically when she suddenly has the responsibility of caring for her eleven-year-old son Peter - whom she has not seen since he was a baby. Peter's father is incapacitated in the hospital; now Diane's life is turned upside down, as she struggles with caring for a boy as distrustful of her as she is of him. Difficult choices lie ahead for her, and she must come to grips with a future that holds more challenges and pitfalls than she has ever imagined. A thought-provoking and emotionally moving saga about the culmination of a turning point in one's life, highly recommended. 93 minutes, closed captioned, rated R.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on January 2, 2010
Format: DVD
This can be one of those films where a reviewer can write paragraphs of material about the narrative, performances, nuances, subtlety of emotions, and loads of other wonderful stuff, but when the credits suddenly appeared I had to wait a day to scribe some thoughts.

A character/performance film all the way, with Michelle Monaghan being given her first chance at carrying a film - and without hesitation I think she did an outstanding job. The story follows our main gal as she trucks for a living, unburdened by any emotional or long term physical relationships. She is suddenly given the responsibility of having to take care of her estranged boy, last seen when he was an infant. The rest (and majority) of the film covers their new relationship and the pitfalls they both face with her road life. Very dry at times, but some genuine moments and strong showings make for a solid film. Would have liked to see more happen with certain roles (I liked Serenity so it was nice to see Fillion) but I suppose the ending had to be ambiguous.

The picture clarity is average at times, clear in a few outdoor spots and the sound is a weak 5.1 with most everything directed through the center channel. The supplements are extremely weak and should not have even been added:
* Actress Prepares for her Role, less than 2 minutes. A music montaged slide show of Michelle walking around a truck stop - forgettable.
* Behind the Scenes Slideshow, less than a minute. Same thing - forgettable.

Would have hoped for some stellar supplements from Monterey as I am a big fan of their work (especially
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan) is a female trucker. Like her male counterparts she gets paid by the mile, drinks, stays at cheap motels, has a tat, and pays for sex. Unlike her male counterparts she doesn't have spinal damage from being on the road or manages to secure a load for the return trip. When her ex-husband (Benjamin Bratt) gets "the big C" her 11 year old estranged son (Jimmy Bennett) is dumped on her doorstep....LET THE BONDING BEGIN!

Anyone who has ever watched a movie knows that the son is going to start out being rebellious and trouble and eventually they will bond. Diane has a friend Runner (Nathan Fillion) who helps her along the way and wants to take their friendship of 4 years to the next level. Add some lame music, a few gut wrenching tense moments, a couple of heart warming tear-jerker scenes and you have the formula for a successful indie.

F-bomb, sex, no nudity, attempted rape. 3 1/2 stars
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