Combustible Celluloid Review - In America (2003), Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, Jim Sheridan, Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou
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With: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, Djimon Hounsou
Written by: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, drug references, brief violence and language
Running Time: 105
Date: 09/12/2002

In America (2003)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Immigrant Song

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

An Irish family arrives in New York City (by car!) and tries to make a go ofit in the Land of Opportunity. Director Jim Sheridan tells the tale from thepoint of view of the family's 11 year-old daughter (Sarah Bolger), and presentsthe film in "magic realism." The problem is that it comes across less aschildlike and more as a parade of saccharine cliches. Even the noble andmysterious African artist (Djimon Hounsou) who lives in their building can'tcontribute any actual humanity to the mix. The film jumps from scenes offrolicking and happiness to scenes of tragedy -- everyone seems to be eitherdying or half-dead. Paddy Considine plays the wannabe actor father, the wondrousSamantha Morton is wasted in the role of the mother, but sisters Sarah and EmmaBolger turn in remarkable, heartbreaking performances as the two daughters.Sheridan co-wrote the original screenplay with his own two daughters, Naomi andKirsten Sheridan.

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