Just Like the Son

Just Like the Son

Director: Morgan J. Freeman

Cast: Mark Webber, Antonio Ortiz, Brendan Sexton III

     
 

A petty criminal's attempt to turn his life around takes both him and a young boy on an unexpected journey in this independent drama. Twentysomething Daniel Carter (Mark Webber) has been in trouble with the law ever since he was a kid, and his latest misadventure has led him to performing community service at a grade school in the East…  See more details below

Overview

A petty criminal's attempt to turn his life around takes both him and a young boy on an unexpected journey in this independent drama. Twentysomething Daniel Carter (Mark Webber) has been in trouble with the law ever since he was a kid, and his latest misadventure has led him to performing community service at a grade school in the East Village. Daniel strikes up a close friendship with one of the students he's working with, Boone (Antonio Ortiz), an eight-year-old who has shown surprising resilience despite a blighted home environment. When Boone doesn't show up for school one day, Daniel asks some questions and learns his mother has become seriously ill and a foster family has taken him in. Boone is eventually put up for adoption, and Daniel hopes to gain custody of the boy, convinced helping the boy will give him a chance to turn his life around. However, his age and criminal record make Daniel an unfit father in the eyes of the court, and when Daniel's father refuses to help, he has a brainstorm -- Boone has mentioned that he has an older sister in Dallas, so Daniel snatches the boy from his foster parents and hits the road for Texas, planning to reunite Boone with his family. Just Like the Son received its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
With Just Like the Son, director Morgan J. Freeman returns to the naturalistic style of Hurricane Streets with an effective tearjerker. It's the sappiest of stories -- small-time thief Daniel Carter (Mark Webber) rescues precocious afro-haired tyke Boone (Antonio A.J. Ortiz) from an orphanage and they embark on a road trip to his sister's house in Dallas. But the writing and acting by the appealing leads drive this subtle, modestly scaled melodrama so that it never wallows in sentimentality. It is essentially about an immature young man hatching a desperately misguided plan in an attempt to grow up. Whereas other movies would have relied on happy endings, this depiction of male bonding explores the struggle between responsibility and impulsiveness as Daniel tries to get in touch with his paternal instincts without marking a definitive shift to "adulthood." Webber projects the right mixture of boyishness, introspection, and vulnerability. Freeman and cinematographer Yaron Orbach's restrained visual style captures the leafy warmth and footloose uncertainty of a cross-country road trip, matched by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips' dreamy folk score.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0853937002063
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Breaking Glass
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

Making of; Cast interviews; Original trailer; Director's statement

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Webber Daniel Carter
Antonio Ortiz Boone
Brendan Sexton Grant Bills
Rosie Perez Mrs. Ponders
Dylan Blue Chris
Eva Kaminsky Mrs. Brown
Bruce MacVittie Bill Carter
Adrian Martinez Glen Garcia
Frankie Shaw Brenda

Technical Credits
Morgan J. Freeman Director,Screenwriter
Marie Abma Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Babb Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Cioffi Executive Producer
Sarah Croot Production Designer
Gill Holland Producer
Sloane Klevin Editor
Lillian LaSalle Executive Producer
Jamin O'Brien Producer
Yaron Orbach Cinematographer
Erica Palgon Casting
Matt Parker Producer
Shawn Parsons Co-producer
Pat Donahue Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Christopher Woodrow Executive Producer
Russell Ziecker Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Just Like the Son
1. Do You Understand? [6:35]
2. Only Trying to Help [6:23]
3. Seems to Like You [6:57]
4. A Mistake [6:52]
5. I Stand Corrected [5:34]
6. Road Trip [6:51]
7. The Thing to Do [6:18]
8. Get Caught [7:20]
9. 3 Strikes and You're Out [5:32]
10. Special Circumstances [5:13]
11. Finish What I Started [2:16]
12. Today is the Day [5:47]

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