American Son is an American drama film directed by Kenny Leon.
Netflix on Thursday, October 17, 2019 released the trailer:
Kerry Washington | American Son | Official Trailer | Netflix.
On a stormy night in a Miami police station, Kendra Ellis-Connor is waiting for a report on the whereabouts of her son Jamal, who has suddenly disappeared. She asks for help from Officer Paul Larkin, a rookie cop who is unable to tell her anything about the incident, due to both protocol and a lack of knowledge of the incident, telling her that he has to wait for Lieutenant John Stokes, the AM shift liaison officer. Soon, her estranged husband, FBI agent Scott Connor, arrives at the station and demands to know where Jamal is. Larkin is able to tell Scott that Jamal and two other black men were pulled over by police, but is unable to tell them anything further, other than the fact that Jamal's car had a provocative bumper sticker about violence against cops. This revelation devolves into a long argument between Kendra and Scott, where the two confront their tumultuous marriage and their experiences raising a biracial son in a privileged community. Kendra repeatedly brings up how Jamal feels depressed and isolated as one of the very few black men at his school (referring to himself as "the face of the race"), while Scott says that Jamal should have known better than to present himself like "a gangster." Larkin returns and says that Jamal was with Jarvis Bell and DeShawn Rolle, the former of whom has a warrant for misdemeanor drug possession. After this discovery, Kendra and Scott engage in a lengthy, contentious discussion about Jamal growing up in an environment of racial tension, specifically pertaining to Kendra's own experiences as a black woman and her fears of a possible confrontation between Jamal and police. Scott says that Jamal should not have been hanging out with these men in the first place, prompting Kendra to reveal that Jamal was angry at Scott for leaving him, which is why he placed the bumper sticker on his car. Scott then receives a video from his brother, which shows a recording of the traffic stop Jamal was involved in. In it, a police officer fires at a fleeing suspect as a bystander records it.
The film American Son was scheduled to be released on September 12, 2019 (Toronto) and on November 1, 2019 by Netflix.
American Son got average rating from critics.
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