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Joleen needs a place to stay so she turns to her younger brother, James. Joleen and her daughter, Tara, move in but soon after Joleen leads with another man. James tries to make his niece happy but things spin out of control, he loses his job and Tara is put into foster care. James decides to take off with Tara and try to make a better life for her.
Drama - This is a slow road/relationship drama. Charlize Theron produced the
film, but her role is rather small as Nick Stahl and AnnaSophia Robb
are the real stars. Despite the presence of a young lead, this is
strictly for adults.
Forced out of her home after her boyfriend is arrested, Joleen Reedy (Charlize Theron) needs a
place to stay with her 11-year-old daughter, Tara (AnnaSophia Robb). She turns for help to her younger
brother, James (Nick Stahl)— a simple and overly trusting man who doesn't hesitate to welcome them
into his modest rental apartment.
Almost as soon as she moves in, however, Joleen hits the road with another man. Utterly
to be the sole guardian of an adolescent girl, James does his best to make his distraught niece
happy. But before long, things spin out of control: he loses his job and Tara is put into foster care.
That's when James makes a fateful decision that will bring his life full circle and force him to
face his demons. He takes off with Tara and the pair assumes new identities as father and daughter.
What starts out as a ploy to evade authorities takes on a deeper significance as James strives to become
the dad Tara never had, and for the first time finds a true purpose in life. But when their road trip takes
them to the Utah farm where James grew up, old wounds reopen between James and his father (Dennis
Hopper), whose emotionally abusive and sometimes violent ways have changed little since James was a