In America 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… In America 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…
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In America (2004)

In America | PLUCK OF THE IRISH Oscar nominee Morton and her co-stars enrich ''In America'''s poor-immigrant tale
Image credit: In America: Barry Wetcher
PLUCK OF THE IRISH Oscar nominee Morton and her co-stars enrich ''In America'''s poor-immigrant tale
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 11, 2004; DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou and Samantha Morton; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures; More

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.

Originally posted May 21, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints
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