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An American in Texas (2017)

TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Music | 29 October 2017 (USA)
Based on a true story, and set in late 1990 against the backdrop of the first gulf war, An American in Texas is the story of lifelong friends as they reach the cusp of adulthood and must ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Barry Corbin ... Larry Korchinsky
Tony Cavalero ... Billy Haynes
Keith Jardine ... Max Davis
Quinton Aaron ... Quain
Charlotte Best ... Kara Warrington
James Paxton ... Chad Hill
David Sullivan ... Jim Tinker
J.R. Villarreal ... Paul Villarreal
Annie Cavalero ... Nurse Annie
Christopher Matthew Cook ... Sgt. Elton Bryant
Sam Dillon ... Zac
Joe Stevens ... Craig
David Yow ... Detective Crenshaw
Sadie Brook ... Heather
Jello Biafra ... Mayor
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Based on a true story, and set in late 1990 against the backdrop of the first gulf war, An American in Texas is the story of lifelong friends as they reach the cusp of adulthood and must decide between the hollow values of corporate careerism; or the narrow way of individualism and freedom. Written by Anthony Pedone

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Lifelong friends on the cusp of adulthood look to bust out of small town Texas, but their defiant behavior leads them to lifelong consequences.

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The limousine has a registration sticker that expires in April 2015 even though the film is set in 1990. Texas registration stickers are only good for one year. See more »

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We have been making movies about these problems for 50 years now.
29 April 2019 | by maximumkateSee all my reviews

You've seen this *sort* of story before. Encapsulated summaries will use words like "alienated," "disaffected," and "pessimistic." "Middle America" will be in there somewhere too.

I used to be on team "Buck up, lil' cowboy," mocking the apparent privilege and entitlement of young adults, or kids on the cusp of adulthood when they got all moody about their lives and prospects.

But after decades of school shootings, suicides, terrorist attacks, obliteration of our landscape (aesthetically, environmentally, and economically), I give.

I kept thinking about Tuck & Dar from "Made in U.S.A (1987)" while watching this. Those two characters existed in the same America. This film, "An American in Texas" is set only a few years after Made in U.S.A., but the film itself was made 30 years later and the nihilistic leads from Made in U.S.A. could have stopped for gas in this Texas town, dressed as they were in the earlier movie, and you would not have noticed any stylistic or thematic interruption. Tuck & Dar's Centralia and Times Beach have echoes in the plastic plant which seems almost demonic in this film. Or maybe it's more like Dorian Gray's painting.

You can also bring up the Linklater/Bogosian film Suburbia as a discussion point here (though that was not nearly so dark as this one), and you could even go back to Easy Rider to see where things start to crack in America.

The thing that has to be understood about 1990 is it was not clear that the Gulf War wouldn't turn into a major regional war and result in a draft.

We're now used to these limited foreign adventures in which only the enlisted are involved, but in 1990 our most recent war of reference was Vietnam. The Gulf War was limited, over quickly, and was nothing like Vietnam but when it was happening, it was scary, because then - as now - it was hard to sort propaganda from fact. It turned out to be "v1.0" of modern warfare; these undeclared pseudo-wars on the other side of the globe where no one ever even whispered the term "draft" or "rationing," and which a lot of Americans could even forget were happening.

An American in Texas is set against that backdrop but it is not about that time and place -- that time and place is just an excuse to talk about us, now. To talk about the lack of optimism, or if you want to use a really trite term, something like "The Death of the American Dream." The same people who roll their eyes at this now are the same people who have been doing it since the 1960s.

I think the film was excellent and the performances superb. These young actors were incredible, and Barry Corbin is always a welcome presence. You've also got Jello Biafra in a small role, hamming it up (in an otherwise somber film, it's excusable - the directors clearly want you to notice it's Jello playing a Texas politician.)

This is a punk film, not a metal one. In the film, it is 1990 but this is about today, and we've been at this now for a half a century, trying to figure out what's gone wrong. I don't know that we make any progress here in figuring all of that out, but maybe if nothing else, there's cold comfort in recognizing that someone else notices it.

I can find no fault with the performances, script, or direction, and the soundtrack is excellent.

People who hate this film were probably predestined to before the script was ever put to paper. A lot of people either don't see America in these terms or, alternately, are in denial.

It just seems like we could have been, should have been, could be something more.

I liked An American in Texas. It will never have a large audience. But for me, it landed.


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