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In America In America, Jim Sheridan's semi-autobiographical masterwork -- cowritten with his daughters Naomi and Kirsten -- follows an immigrant Irish ...In AmericaDramaPT103MPG-13 In America, Jim Sheridan's semi-autobiographical masterwork -- cowritten with his daughters Naomi and Kirsten -- follows an immigrant Irish ...2004-05-21Emma BolgerSarah BolgerEmma Bolger, Sarah BolgerFox Searchlight Pictures
In America

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In America

Genre: Drama; Starring: Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton, Emma Bolger, Sarah Bolger; Director: Jim Sheridan; Author: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan; Runtime (in minutes): 103; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In America, Jim Sheridan’s semi-autobiographical masterwork – cowritten with his daughters Naomi and Kirsten – follows an immigrant Irish family’s struggle to lay their painful memories of a child’s death to rest while building a new life in New York. Ten-year-old Christy (Sarah Bolger) narrates her travails with little sister Ariel (Emma Bolger, Sarah’s real-life sibling) and their parents, struggling-actor dad Johnny (Paddy Considine) and mom Sarah (Samantha Morton). The foursome’s dire financial situation lends a horror-movie level of suspense to everyday occurrences like lugging an air conditioner across town in a heat wave or betting every cent on a carnival game to win Ariel a doll. Their friendship with a loner neighbor (Djimon Hounsou) grazes cliché territory but never crosses over thanks to richly layered performances from the entire cast, Oscar-nominated (Hounsou and Morton) or not.

EXTRAS Sheridan’s commentary is enlightening, deleted scenes are better with his audio track, but the making-of featurette doesn’t provide much insight.

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