American Son (2019) - Drama

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An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Kenny Leon
Stars: Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 73 out of 295 found boring (24.74%)

One-line Reviews (154)

And only like four actors in the movie with a compelling script.

Another stationary snorefest .

If you want to watch a pointless argument then this is the movie for you.

Dont waste your time.

The acting was extremely sub-par, the "story" severely dragged on and on with just nonsensical, overly-dramatic, repetitive arguing to buy an hour and 30 minutes.


the whole play was just breathtaking...

Indeed the bulk of the screenplay is replete with such contrived moments.

Worst movie I have ever seen in my life .

This movie is so boring!

I thought this was a fascinating look at racism in our country from all sides.

The worst movie I have ever seen !

A boring movie .

The themes throughout this story are intense (to say the least).

Such a waste of time, Washington is so annoying in her performance especially with the repetitive emotional face-making.

Kerry Washington plays an unbearable mother you wanna slap the whole time.

Fascinating .

Should have been a short, way too long.

To slow, nothing really happens...

I don't rate often, but this one is beyond unbearable .

I am glad I watched it to the end, I thought it was interesting and intriguing.

Pointless .

Slow, Cheap and boring movie .

In conclusion, the movie is boring, the end pretty much predictable, the script is horrendous, the political correctness is so forced that it becomes exasperating and the acting doesn't save anything.

Boring trite poorly made garbage that is only getting made to spread BS and divide.

The storyline, conversations triggered me the whole movie but I still finished it, so I can say that this was the WORST movie I ever watched!

It's suspenseful, frustrating and provocative.

If you want to make a movie about racism, to portray racism, to show what racism feels like, I cant think of a more cliche way of doing it than this movie.

A total waste of time .

Waste of time.

It was so overly-drawn out, so void of eliciting any sympathy (or any emotions at all) until the very end when they learn their son is dead.

What a pointless boring film.

Instead, it is cliched and predictable from the beginning with terrible acting and Kerry Washington's character contemptuous and sneering throughout.

With uninteresting (and unconvincing) characters who basically prefer to argue for the whole film's duration rather than give any true meaning or depth, the only thing that kept me going to the end was wanting to know the film's ending.

Please don't waste your time!

If you allow the talented cast to paint the picture of what exactly happened to their son you will be on the edge of your seat.

This is the worst movie ever!

Don't waste your time!

If you want some compelling movie/documentary on racism, better watch "When they see us", or "Time: The Kalief Browder story", and many other shows much more deserving than this one.


Don't waste your time .

It can be intense at times.

Don't waste your precious time...

Poor film with a tired cliche ensemble of terrible exposition.


Please dont waste ur time on this its not a movie its a badly acted play woeful.

I think Kerry Washington is a great actress, but her character in this film is unbearable.

Don't waste your time.

I don't know where to begin, but don't waste your time watching this film because it is terrible.

Engaging till the end .

I found myself emotionally involved and feeling, what can only describe as empty at the end.

not to procrastinate, a lot of stereotypes are portrayed in this movie, the ending is really sad and in the "incident" there is nothing racist or any discrimination against her son, the movie has a great message and it's worth watching

I, living in a different country, found this movie really moving and intense.

It just drags on and on and it's boring, that's all I can say.

I think it is worth the watch though.

Boring AND Depressing .

Intense .

All in all a waste of time

It was annoying on Scandal, now it really gets unbearable).

Strong performance by Washington, intense and authentic dialogues, heartbreaking and educating.

Many of the arguments in the film I found to be childish and pointless, not adding to the heart of the story.

I thought it was me, but yeah this movie is really bad, only watched about 30 mins And could already see that it was going nowhere....

Waste of time .

Nothing happens!

the subject matter is intense and 2.

Complete waste of time!

You get the whole movie in 15 mins with its predictable end.

So boring and annoying .

Predictable ending, given the tone.

Really f#cking boring .

Don't waste your time .

Why oh why did I waste my time.

The only complaint i had it was so very very slow.

Waste of time!.

Such a waste of time.

Worst movie I have ever seen.

Don't waste your time, it will ruin your mood for no reason

American Son is a compelling Netflix Television Movie that tackles the heightened racial issues in America, Ebonics, Stereotypes and Assumptions.

Don't waste your time .

Don't waste a minute of your time .

Just anger for 1.5 hrs and a predictable ending.

You're clearly missing the point,it wasnt intended to be a superhero movie and have you on the edge of your seat.

Dreadful, dreary, ridiculous .

Boring, awful acting.. Just 90mins of 2 racist people argue in a room with rain chucking down outside!

Compete waste of my time and can't recall ever not finishing a movie with Kerry in it.

Waste of 90 minutes of my life .

I found it riveting and well written.

Very little plot .

Repetitive is one of the best phrasing to use.

Don't waste your time peeps.

I found this movie absorbing and it has left me exhausted having just watched it.

Pointless attempt at a movie that only include constant arguments.

Extremely boring.

Besides that the movie is so boring, what were they thinking?!


The direction is slow, well adaptive in bringing the play to the big screen, and boring at times when the movie should have been trimmed down.

Maybe an important message but very poorly executed, to the point of being boring.

The direction is slow, too long, and the drama conflict gets boring after a while.

This movie was intense and I see certain kind of people were triggered by her acting.

Sadly, a missed opportunity to prompt a meaningful discussion on the issues it reduces to cliché.

Boring and predictable

Tooooo boring!!!

Bad and boring movie.

Super boring .

Just a raging disappointment and complete waste of life.

Dreadful trite suffocation .

It was predictable!

It's dramatic and intense.


The acting as the role of the actress are unbearable

inexperience and all too common micro aggressions on his part and a different lived experience and suspicion on her part made for uncomfortable but riveting scenes.

Waste of time .

Unbearable .

Poorly acted with stereotypical trite talking points and phraseology made this a brutally uninteresting watch.

Compelling .

Look I am super liberal and all about the racial issues in America, so normally I'm all about this stuff, BUT THIS movie is just boring.

Such a complete waste of time...

Worst movie I have ever seen .

It just beats you over the head with the world's most unlikeable character preaching on her soap box about the unbearable racism a black teen born into upper middle class faces today.

This movie is worth the watch, and it wasn't what I expected.

I enjoyed it.

Worst movie in the history of mankind, save yourself the hour and even spending it on the toilet would be a better use of that time!

Really boring

It was enjoyable to see him playing such an unlikable character.

Horrible actress and boring movie .

Don't waste your time on it!!

Don't waste your time unless you are not currently aware of any racial stereotypes that exist in America.

It is extremely intense, jaw dropping and a plot which all parents can relate to regardless of whether they are black, white, or indeed from a galaxy far far away.

This is the type of film that is only worth watching once.

Truly unwatchable.

The best and most exciting dialogue comes with the only actor to hold the screen Lee enters--now we are talking.

This movie is such a pathetic attempt at propaganda, it's unbearable.

the dialogue was so predictable.

I'll have to write about this further in a separate post, but needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it - the hour and a half flew by!

Most of the reviews saying the movie was garbage are from ppl who were bored bc it takes place in 1 room,4 characters, you dont see Jamal or the incident.

This was intense.

A waste of time

This movie was practically unbearable.

If it were a fluffy action movie, it could get by with inconsistent, superficial stock characters--the viewer would still enjoy the exciting car chases.

Very intense and powerful .

Intelligent and Gripping Truth .

Surprisingly gripping .

Depending on how you felt about Olivia pope for x amount of seasons, you will either find this tolerable or unbearable.

Don't waste your time .

Even if you're not black, it's very entertaining.

If you want to watch people argue in the same room for an hour and a half, then go ahead and waste your time.

It was honestly so boring it's unreal.

I would highly recommend watching this film, I felt that the simplicity of the setting and the depth of the dialogue managed to still have you on the edge of your seat and take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Not worth watching, this movie is completely empty

I enjoyed it primarily for the acting, the father and the mother were enthralling, couldn't take my eyes away from some of their more emotional scenes.

While this story and plot might be entertaining for the stage, in front of the camera there are many issues which cannot be hidden.

The film does drag and prolong their argumentative conflict which does get boring.

Don't Waste Your Time.

Don't waste your time with this one.