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Trucker

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Overview

Michelle Monaghan stars as a self-reliant trucker forced to take on the responsibility of caring for her 11-year-old son when his father Benjamin Bratt ends up in the hospital in this independent drama from Plum Pictures. James Mottern directs from his own script, with Nathan Fillion, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jimmy Bennett set to co-star.
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Overview

Michelle Monaghan stars as a self-reliant trucker forced to take on the responsibility of caring for her 11-year-old son when his father Benjamin Bratt ends up in the hospital in this independent drama from Plum Pictures. James Mottern directs from his own script, with Nathan Fillion, Joey Lauren Adams, and Jimmy Bennett set to co-star.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the scenes slideshow; Actress prepares for her role
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Editorial Reviews

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James Mottern's directorial debut belongs to the ever-growing subgenre of films where a free spirit is suddenly saddled with a child see Big Daddy, Raising Helen, Old Dogs, etc. Though Trucker travels a well-worn road, it sets itself apart with the strong performances from its cast. Lead actress Michelle Monaghan, who has previously impressed in Gone Baby Gone and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, is particularly notable, giving a raw, unselfconscious turn as the eponymous woman. Trucker doesn't try to make its protagonist, Diane Ford Monaghan, look good. Instead, the film quickly establishes her hard edges with a cold post-coitus interaction in a hotel room on the road. When Diane returns home, she quickly learns that the child she abandoned as a baby, 11-year-old Peter Jimmy Bennett, will be staying with her while his cancer-ridden father, Len Benjamin Bratt, lies in a hospital bed. The interaction between the fierce -- and fiercely independent -- Diane and her equally headstrong son gets off to a shaky start, but inevitably both begin to soften. Diane's close friend Runner Nathan Fillion acts as the catalyst in their relationship, even spending time with Peter while Diane leaves town for work. Trucker traffics in cliché -- it's easy to guess the ending from the film's trailer, much less its first few minutes -- but Monaghan's performance is truly remarkable. It's impossible to take your eyes off her, whether she's screaming at her son, threatening teenage bullies, or engaging in easy interaction with Runner. Diane is not the typically likable heroine, and Monaghan gives a startlingly genuine performance, never making the effort to make her character more palatable for the audience. The young Bennett holds his own with the actress, and he doesn't rely on the typical tricks of child actors. Fillion's best previous work including Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and Waitress has capitalized on the actor's charm, and Trucker does the same. However, a number of dramatic scenes prove that Fillion is just as adept as conveying serious emotion as he is with more lighthearted lines. It's unfortunate that such talented actors are saddled with a less-than-inventive script, but their talents make the film watchable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/5/2010
  • UPC: 012233464320
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Monterey Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,547

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Monaghan Diane Ford
Nathan Fillion Runner
Benjamin Bratt Len Bonner
Joey Lauren Adams Jenny Bell
Jimmy Bennett Peter
Bryce Johnson Rick
Brandon Hanson Tom
Maya Mc Laughlin Molly
Ricky Ellison Robert
Matthew Lawrence Scott
Jonnie Simmons Teenager #1
Stephen Sowan Teenager #2
Dennis Hayden Trucker
Mika Boorem Young Woman
Franklin Dennis Jones Jonnie
Amad Jackson Doctor
Jay Xcala Umpire
Technical Credits
James Mottern Director, Screenwriter
John Allen Executive Producer
Carina Alves Co-producer
Johanna Argan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Benenson Executive Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Tracy Keehn Dashnaw Stunts
Frank Frattaroli Executive Producer
Joy Goodwin Co-producer
Dennis Grzesik Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Hanson Producer
Ed Hart Executive Producer
Pamela Hirsch Executive Producer
Robert Kessel Executive Producer
Bruce Lunsford Executive Producer
Riva Marker Co-producer
Cabot McMullen Production Designer
Michelle Monaghan Executive Producer
Galt Niederhoffer Producer
Celine Rattray Producer
Daniel Schultz Asst. Director
Paul Scott Stunts
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
Reagan Silber Executive Producer
Deirdre Slevin Editor
Daniela Taplin-Lundberg Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trucker
1. Scene 1 [7:57]
2. Scene 2 [7:13]
3. Scene 3 [9:36]
4. Scene 4 [10:52]
5. Scene 5 [3:50]
6. Scene 6 [11:29]
7. Scene 7 [11:27]
8. Scene 8 [9:14]
9. Scene 9 [6:10]
10. Scene 10 [14:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Trucker
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   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      The Actress Prepares For Her Role
      Behind the Scenes Slideshow
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   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    WOW, what a gripping, touching film!! Director James Mottern did

    WOW, what a gripping, touching film!! Director James Mottern did an amazing job and I cannot wait to see his next film! I am someone who enjoys getting to know characters in a film which is the main reason I enjoyed Trucker! I also saw that he won the Nicholl Fellowship, the top screen-writing competition in the world. I think it's exciting when new directors get discovered and then work their way up through the ranks! 

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is a great, touching movie with excellent performances by the entire case, particularly Jimmy Bennett.

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