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“American Exit” Fleeing the Mob





Review by John Delia

Writing a road trip movie these days is very tricky since most every subject, situation, and condition have been transferred by film to screens big and small. However, American Exit’s a drama that sneaks through the cracks and gives fans of the genre an interesting, although a bit mundane, ride to nowhere.

Failed artist and now art thief Charlie Bond (Dane Cook) thinks he hit it big with a painting ordered by art dealer Anton (Udo Kier). At Anton’s office he hands over the valuable piece of art and is told he will get his percentage of the sale to his client. When he goes back to pick it up the money, figuring some kind of trick will be pulled, he brings his teenage son Leo (Levi Miller) to act as a decoy. It’s a daring trick and one both father and son will regret.

Udo Kier, Dane Cook, and Sebastian Sozzi in AMERICAN EXIT from Lionsgate

Now on the run, Charlie puts himself and his son in danger. Directors and writers Tim McCann and Ingo Volkammer do a pretty good initial job of setting up the road trip escape, but as the film progresses it gets a bit overemotional and then commonplace. Their actors seem to be adlibbing their lines and in some cases show very little emotion where the situation could have been helped by it.

Dane Cook and Levi Miller in AMERICAN EXIT form Lionsgate

You can probably see by the tone of this article that I was not impressed with the film. It may be because I have probably seen about every road trip that genre film has come to theaters and that’s a possibility. But, it’s not just that, the acting by Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck, Dan in Real Life) falls apart in this film and becomes hurtful to watch the down spin of his performance.

As for Levi Miller, his character Leo never seems to change from beginning to end. Leo’s dad has been absent in his life since the divorce and he hates this man who left the family. He gives in to easy to his dad’s deal of paying off a bet he owe to his schoolmates, and throughout the car ride there isn’t much chemistry between the two actors.

“Car Ride Improv” is raw footage shot during the car driving sequence that includes a lot of ad lib and some director comments.

American Exit has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and brief strong language. It is now available on DVD, Digital HD, and VOD. Be cautious when deciding to allow immature children see the film as it does have some scenes that are inappropriate for youngsters.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An average road trip. (2.5 out of 5 Stars)

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Dane Cook, Levi Miller, Udo Kier, Claire van der Boom, John Savage, Sebastian Sozzi, James Kwong
Directors and writers: Tim McCann and Ingo Volkammer
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and brief strong language.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Running Time: 1 hr. 26 min.
Video Release Date: May 14, 2019
Language: English
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen 16×9, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Number of Discs: 1 Disc
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Released on: DVD, Digital HD, VOD

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