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This is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana, their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily.
Drama - This is a downbeat drama based on a real-life crime. The most known
star, Octavia Spencer, has a supporting role, with the lead played by
rising star Michael B. Jordan. There is a bit of violence and
constant language, but the story and its message may make this
valuable viewing for mid-to-older teens.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; 1 GD; many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A shooting; a bleeding, dead dog. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco, marijuana, alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines; kid humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent "Fruitvale Station" is about what we can imagine when we cast our gaze across the longstanding divides in this persistently, cancerously segregated American society. Like Paul Haggis' "Crash," it is an ambitious do-gooder project aimed at penetrating hardened hearts.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent This year's big winner at the Sundance Film Festival, Fruitvale Station is a profoundly compelling, gut-wrenching and important film. It's particularly timely in the wake of the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of fatally shooting the unarmed Trayvon Martin. Most importantly, it reveals a face, heart and soul behind the heartbreaking headlines.
NY PostFull Review Above Average Until the end credits, "Fruitvale Station" completely avoids telling you, and even then it omits key information in favor of an injunction to all of us to seek justice for Oscar. Ending a film with a call to protest, though, is primarily a way of claiming sociopolitical importance and the awards that go with it.
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WOW! These are GREAT REVIEWS! Unfortunately, we weren't able to collect as many reviews as we would have liked. Luckily, these few reviews clearly show that "Fruitville Station" is a movie not to be missed.