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: 5.6
Director: Kenny Leon
Stars: Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 49 out of 192 found boring (25.52%)

One-line Reviews (108)

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

Horrible actress and boring movie .

Waste of time!.

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.

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.

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

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....

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

Don't waste your time .

Dreadful, dreary, ridiculous .

So boring and annoying .

Waste of time.

the dialogue was so predictable.

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.

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

Such a waste of time.

It was honestly so boring it's unreal.

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

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

It's suspenseful, frustrating and provocative.

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.

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

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

It can be intense at times.

Why oh why did I waste my time.

Boring AND Depressing .

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

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

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.

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

Tooooo boring!!!

Compelling .

Slow, Cheap and boring movie .

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

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.

Waste of time .

Really f#cking boring .

Waste of time .

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

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.

Don't waste a minute of your time .

Don't waste your time on it!!

Worst movie I have ever seen.

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.

This movie was practically unbearable.

A boring movie .

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

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.

Predictable ending, given the tone.

A waste of time

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

Don't waste your time!

Super boring .


the subject matter is intense and 2.

I think it is worth the watch though.

Such a complete waste of time...

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

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

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

Don't waste your time .

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

Should have been a short, way too long.

Please don't waste your time!

Surprisingly gripping .

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

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!


This was intense.

Boring and predictable

I enjoyed it.

Don't Waste Your Time.

Intelligent and Gripping Truth .

Don't waste your time .

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!

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

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

To slow, nothing really happens...

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.

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

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

Worst movie I have ever seen .

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

Fascinating .

Poor film with a tired cliche ensemble of terrible exposition.

Extremely boring.

The worst movie I have ever seen !

It's dramatic and intense.

This is the worst movie ever!

Another stationary snorefest .

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

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

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

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

What a pointless boring film.

the whole play was just breathtaking...

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

Dont waste your time.

Don't waste your precious time...

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

I found it riveting and well written.

This movie is so boring!

All in all a waste of time

Don't waste your time peeps.

Nothing happens!

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.

It was predictable!

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