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Trucker (2008)

Cast: Joey Lauren Adams, Michelle Monaghan, Jimmy Bennett, more...
Director: James Mottern
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Studio: Monterrey Video
Genre: Drama, Independent, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Michelle Monaghan stars as a self-reliant trucker forced to take on the responsibility of caring for her 11-year-old son when his father (Benjamin Bratt) ends up in the hospital in this independent drama from Plum Pictures. James Mottern directs from his own script, with Nathan Fillion, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jimmy Bennett set to co-star.

GreenCine Member Reviews

A pleasantly independent indie by mkaliher2 April 30, 2011 - 2:26 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Not to be confused with the megastudio films marketed as independents, this is the real deal, folks. Michelle Monaghan's performance is so authentic, in fact, it requires some patience on the part of the viewer. But that patience is certainly well rewarded. We're used to seeing film actors present life-size cardboard cutouts of real people in their performances, but Monaghan portrays the person herself--a woman who happens to drive a truck for a living, and has a challenging family situation. I have lived in towns like hers and known women like her, as well as some of the male losers she associates with. Believe me, it's pretty authentic.

But the film isn't simply about strong women or truckers, or men behaving badly. It's about a woman who has emotionally isolated herself, and her relationship with her son and ex-husband. Monaghan's performance is exceptional, as is that of eleven-year-old Jimmy Bennett, who plays the son, and Benjamin Bratt, the ex-husband. If you like the kind of slice-of-life films Alan Arkin seems to prefer, I'd highly recommend this one.

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(Average 6.50)
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