ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – I – In America (2002) Movie Review

Director: Jim Sheridan

Writer: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan (Screenplay)

Starring: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger

Plot: A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.


Tagline – One family’s coming of age story.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: In America starts when Irish immigrants Johnny (Considine), Sarah (Morton) and children Christy (Sarah Bolger) and Ariel (Emma Bolger) to start a fresh life after the tragedy of losing a son. The family move into a building with a reputation of homing addicts and with a neighbour who constantly screams, this isn’t everything they were looking for.

When the family beginning to start to get used to the new city, they meet the estranged neighbour Mateo (Hounsou) a struggling artist, who will bring different stories of the afterlife and the connection they might still have with lost family member, but the family will need to deal with other problems in life.

Thoughts on In America

ThoughtsIn America is one of the biggest emotional rollercoasters you will ever go on, with the story of a family looking to start a fresh life after losing a child. This will show the struggles of starting a new life, be it work, friends and just a new city, along with meeting a stranger that has become an outsider, but a man that gets welcomed in by the family. It will show that through a child’s eyes, any story can become flipped to something fresh, a place where people can make memories in life, and the innocent naivety that life can have wishes coming true. This is one of the best dramas, you will ever see, one that has such a heart breaking, but positive story about overcoming a grieving process, with five outstanding performances from the lead actors, Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou and Sarah and Emma Bolger. The New York setting gets to play into the idea that dreams can come true for people who are looking to start a new life, in a location that will give the different cultures.

Final Thoughts In America in one of the best movies of the year 2002, beautiful story and stunning performances.

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