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(Monster) star in Sleepwalking, a moving drama about the deep familial bond that develops between James
(Stahl) and his young niece, Tara (Robb) after the girl s mother suddenly leaves town. As old wounds from
James own turbulent childhood begin to reopen, he is forced to re-examine his life and, for the first time, discover
his true purpose. Directed by William Maher from a screenplay by Zak Stanford (The Chumscrubber),
Sleepwalking also stars Academy Award® Nominees Dennis Hopper (Hoosiers) and Woody Harrelson (The
People Vs. Larry Flynt.)
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Joleen (Charlize Theron) is the inadequate, loving-but-inconstant mother of twelve-year-old Tara (AnnaSophia Robb) whose reckless an aimless life leads to constant moving and lack of roots. Evicted form her latest residence Joleen and Tara move in with Joleen's younger brother James (Nick Stahl) whose similarly aimless life is defined by a trashy apartment and a mindless construction work job. Tara is sullen, disappointed in her mother's erratic, irresponsible behavior, and when Joleen once again takes off 'on a new idea', Tara is left with James - trying to figure out an existence for survival. James loses his job due to absenteeism, takes up residence in the filthy basement of his nerdy co-worker Randall (Woody Harelson), while the town cop (Mathew St. Patrick) reluctantly places Tara in a foster home to await the return of Joleen. Tara prefers life with James to her 'imprisonment' and the two take off on a road trip, seeking some degree of happiness and love in a world gone berserk. When James runs out of money, he heads to his old home farm for refuge, an unlikely endpoint as his and Joleen's childhood was warped by their abusive farmer father (Dennis Hopper).Read more ›
Recommendations: If you enjoyed this, check out "Undertow" starring Jamie Bell and Josh Lucas.
This is an edited version of my original review, and contains spoilers, so read no further if you haven't yet seen the film.
'Sleepwalking' opens with Tara and her ditzy, emotionally fragile mom Joleen losing the roof over their heads when Joleen's boyfriend is arrested for growing pot. Joleen's brother James (Nick Stahl) is a nice guy with a drab apartment and a dead-end job he is often late or absent to. When Joleen shows up in the middle of the night with Tara in tow he takes them in, and it is not the first such upheavel in Tara's young life.
Tara's relationship with her mom is summed up nicely in a scene that occurs their first night staying with James...Tara is being understandably sullen, and Joleen snaps "This is not the kind of s*** I need fom you right now, Tara!" Tara's reply is classic: "So what kind of s*** do you need, Mom?"
One morning Joleen is gone with no explanation - save for a letter promising to return for Tara's birthday - thus leaving Tara and James to fend for themselves...Tara pleads with James to help her search for her mother, and he finally gives in, calling in sick to work...His attendance issues ultimately get James fired, and social services puts Tara in foster care...James, facing eviction himself and with Tara gone, crashes in the basement of a buddy from his old job, played by Woody Harrelson.
Tara's birthday arrives, but no Joleen...James buys her a present and takes her out, and when the time comes to return Tara to her foster home, she refuses to go back, and the two hit the road.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this knowing it would not be light fare...it certainly was not.
Interesting cinamatography..good acting but would not see it twice..too oooo. dark.!!Diana b.
Good film. And the price for this film wasn't too shabby either.Published 17 months ago by Amanda & Seth
I do not like negative films that do not lift you up and I take offence with the murder of the Grandfather and abuse of the grandchildren by him. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by C.K.
I really can't say I enjoyed this movie. It was extremely bleak. I don't really see the world as its portrayed in this movie.
Can't fault the production value. Read more
I came across this movie by watching the trailer back in 2009 under "independent" films at apple trailers. Everyone that is cast, hits their characters to a T. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Genny
"Sleepwalking" receives a 5 star review.
We have all experienced life challenges that actually cause us to find another alternative. Read more