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Trucker [DVD] [2008]

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Benjamin Bratt, Michelle Monaghan
  • Directors: James Mottern
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MGJSWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan), a vivacious and successful independent truck driver, leads a carefree life of long-haul trucking, one night stands and all-night drinking until the evening her estranged 11-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett) shows up at her door. Burdened with this new responsibility and seeing the life of freedom she s fought for jeopardized, Diane steps reluctantly into her past and looks sidelong at a future that is not as simple or straightforward as she had once believed.

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This is an unsettling and moving film, dealing with the emotional insecurity of both adult and child. Michelle Monaghan plays the part of the trucker, married in her late teens and soon divorced, estranged from her one child who lives with his father, and she is now nearing a very attractive thirty. Her life is spent on the highways and byways of America, her pleasure taken where she can find it from one-night stands. Back home in dusty small-town nowhere, California, she has a platonic friendship with a neighbour (played by Nathan Fillion), drinking pals and nothing more - but he wants more.

One night Monaghan returns from a trip to find her 11-year-old son (Jimmy Bennett) being dumped on her - the father is in hospital dying from cancer, the stepmother has to urgently go away on family business. Mother and son are strangers, but the boy needs comfort and security. Monaghan, clearly troubled and insecure from her own early life, struggles to reach out to her own son, who even at 11 is wilful and assertive, but also (and not surprisingly, given the strong bond with his dying father) desperately insecure and a loner.

The film unravels to chart the ebbs and flows of the relationship which develops between mother and son. The boy goes to a local school, makes a friend, and despite a lack of skill, joins the baseball team which eventually bolsters his self-confidence. Monaghan attempts to lead her trucker life as normal, despite the boy's presence, and the would-be boyfriend / neighbour attempts to become a father figure. The stepmother is happy to keep the boy, but what does the boy want?

The film does not pull its punches, or provide a saccharine ending. It is a love story but of an unconventional nature - people needing love, others unable to provide it.
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A really nice movie - well worth the time to see. Good acting and a very good story too. Very down to earth, emotional and capturing at the same time.
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I've heard talk that this should have been an 'oscar' role for Monaghan and I can see why, she's great as a tough, independent truck driver who slowly builds a relationship with her estranged son.

The film is very relevant and provides for a lot of commentary about parenting in America today, more importantly, it's entertaining and affecting without being slushy.
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Well acted and put together, fitting music, but not enough of the lovely character that Nathan Fillion brings to the screen. A Gentleman and a gentle man - if you can forgive the lusting after someone that isn't his wife - we are all forgiven 1 little mistake aren't we? Definitely not a mistake to watch this film, but probably don't watch the first bit with your mother. I realised that the slightly unsatisfactory feeling of the ending was actually my fault as I expected a different sort of happily ever after, based on the way my life runs and the sort of Hollywood films I have watched recently. Feeling good to step outside the usual.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2013
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Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan) is a female trucker. Like her male counterparts she gets paid by the mile, drinks, stays at cheap motels, has a tat, and pays for sex. Unlike her male counterparts she doesn't have spinal damage from being on the road or manages to secure a load for the return trip. When her ex-husband (Benjamin Bratt) gets "the big C" her 11 year old estranged son (Jimmy Bennett) is dumped on her doorstep....LET THE BONDING BEGIN!

Anyone who has ever watched a movie knows that the son is going to start out being rebellious and trouble and eventually they will bond. Diane has a friend Runner (Nathan Fillion) who helps her along the way and wants to take their friendship of 4 years to the next level. Add some lame music, a few gut wrenching tense moments, a couple of heart warming tear-jerker scenes and you have the formula for a successful indie.

F-bomb, sex, no nudity, attempted rape. 3 1/2 stars
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The storyline could read like a role-reversal remake of the 1986
Sylvester Stallone film 'Over The Top'. On the surface it would appear
to be just that, but this is a much deeper, more subtle treatise on the
reunification of long-separated parent and child. There might have been
high melodrama and histrionics in a such a piece as this. Instead, we
are treated to a lean, spare script which spares the viewer from being
talked down to and repetitively spoon-fed information that can be
clearly seen quickly, and are presented with quickly but carefully and
accurately sketched characters who are exquisitely portrayed by a truly
talented cast. The pathos is definitely made more palatable by brief
spates of levity between the characters. Michelle Monaghan and Jimmy
Bennett, as the two central actors, are well matched.
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