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American Breakdown

2011

NR CC
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1.9 out of 5 stars (70) IMDb 2.9/10

Ten individuals set out to find themselves in an alienating world filled with heartbreak, deception and tragedy. With so much at stake, these strangers struggle to overcome their fates and find their place in a frequently harsh and unforgiving world.

Starring:
Steven R. McQueen, Joe Mantegna
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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First off, I must say I have never reviewed any product on the internet. Ever. I just have never had that much passion for or against anything. Until now. Redbox sent me a code for a free movie rental. Sweet! I went to my friendly neighborhood Redbox in hopes of scoring tonight's entertainment. I had never heard of American Breakdown, but when I saw the lengthy star-filled cast, I thought, "can't go wrong." It went wrong. Very, very wrong. I'm not the type to turn a movie off mid-way through, I always give it a chance. Not this one. I kept fast forwarding it to see if it got better. It had to right? I made it as far as Paris Hilton and I was done. I would love to give you a detailed description of why this movie was so horrible. I can't. I'm still having trouble wrapping my mind around what I just saw. My brain is only able to utter out a few lackluster adjectives. Grainy. Dizzy. Slow. Apocalyptic. It wouldn't help to mention the actors in the movie either. Names such as James Gandolfini, Scott Caan, and 'that funny guy from The Office,' only manage to lure you into a false sense of security. Sure, actors make poor career choices all the time. But this many actors? All at once? Couldn't happen. Not in my perfect world.

I do however have American Breakdown to thank for one thing. It has managed to thrust me straight into the world of online reviews. No longer will I sit ideally by and fall victim to poor craftsmanship. My voice (albeit anonymously) shall be heard! For I have been wronged! With my free coupon from Redbox, I paid exactly $0.00 to rent this movie. I paid too much.
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Format: DVD
This movie is composed of several short stories made by different directors. The acting is mainly done by unknown actors that don't do a very good job. Every scene seems rushed liked they didn't care how well the actors hit their marks. The "movie" is so low budget that it looks like they filmed it on a camcorder and the video at times was almost undiscernable on my fifty inch plasma with upconversion bluray player. This is a straight to dvd release that almost resembles a con. I would not waste your time or your money renting or buying this one.
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In my case, is trying to save money in my new apartment by not getting Internet worth it? I discovered tonight that I am capable of being shanghai'd by redbox into renting movies like American Breakdown, so no, it's not. Without time to do the right research, I am in danger of renting any kind of lousy bad art trash just because Steve Carrell and James Gandolfini are in it (what were they thinking?) This is a very bad movie. I am calling Comcast tomorrow.
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WARNING: PAUL WALKER Only appears as a supporting actor for a minute or two, period - nothing more. If you love PAUL WALKER - may he Rest In Peace - buy this for your own collective purposes, though he pulls off an impressive, though momentary, supportive role, he disappears almost as fast as he appears onscreen. If you don't pay attention, you'll miss him, as it's too brief! The clip doesn't focus on Paul. Too bad, because Paul would have pulled off a much better performance than the assigned actor in the role. Paul's photo is on the front of the DVD, obviously used - along with the other high profile actors' images - to reel in any interest on this collection of short stories.
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The six pieces of artsy-farsy garbage that comprise AMERICAN BREAKDOWN (aka "Stories USA") are collectively the absolute worst nonsense I've seen this year. I kept watching, expecting something interesting to happen, but was ultimately very disappointed. A bonus is the migraine this thing gave me.

It's noisy, it's ilogical, it's spastic, it's an exercise in total cinematic pretension. This picture also sets the record for the longest credit scroll of all time: EIGHT MINUTES.

Guess what? The emperor doesn't have any clothes, nor a raison d'être.

Congratulations to all involved for actually scraping BENEATH the bottom of the cinematic barrel.

Avoid at all costs. You have been warned! (Hey REDBOX: I want my dollar back!)

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(3.4) American Breakdown (2007) - James Gandolfini/Josh Hartnett/Paris Hilton/Joe Mantegna/Louis Gossett Jr./Scott Caan/Ken Hudson Campbell
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This was not what I expected (which was to see Paul Walker a lot more than 30 seconds in a movie or movie bits). lol I bought it because his lovely face was on the cover and I really did not expect the separate stories being told. It was just rather strange and disconnected or maybe I was just sleepy. :-/

I don't know about the art of filmmaking so I can not comment other than to say that I did not like it at all. However, it will go into my Paul Walker collection of movies. RIP PW :-(
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American Breakdown is a fine cinematic work!
I can only speculate as why reviewers on Amazon trashed it!
They must have missed the point and misunderstood the film, or maybe they had trouble with the concept of Short Film, which is very popular outside the US.
The movie is a collection, an anthology rather, of short films. While one reviewer said it's disjointed, I saw the link clearly stated in the title!
It is a collage of snapshots into the different layers of the American society:
-The dreamers who drown in petty life, instead of reaching for the stars and their dreams..
-The bullies that we never outgrow, and that never grow up..
-The one-shot-at-fortune seekers, even if it means they risk it all, and that they confront their true aspirations at wealth even by fraud, and at love while they spew hatred, and even if every thing they do contradicts their their stated aim of being "a useful member of society"
-The morally corrupt, who think they find "fun" in drugs and alcohol, and moral decadence, while their friend(s) find fun, even if in the form of one nightstand, just because they did not blind their senses, so they knew a good thing when they saw it, rather than mask their emotions and depression with superficial "re-tox".
-and the last piece (the best in my opinion), when the little things mean more to life than the stressors that strip the will for living from us everyday. "In the end, we found a beginning" is a memorable line with which the movie ends.

I think it is a safe bet to assume that I saw in the movie much good art and a profound message about what is gnawing at the heart of this country, while others didn't.

It was once said, that good art is always controversial.
Case in point, is this movie.
Go watch for yourself.
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