American Honey

September 27th, 2016


American Honey

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 6.7/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Andrea Arnold

Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

Star, a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Sasha Lane - Star
Shia LaBeouf - Jake
Riley Keough - Krystal
McCaul Lombardi - Corey
Arielle Holmes - Pagan
Crystal Ice - Katness (as Crystal B. Ice)
Veronica Ezell - QT (as Verronikah Ezell)
Chad Cox - Billy (as Chad McKenzie Cox)
Garry Howell - Austin
Kenneth Kory Tucker - Sean
Raymond Coalson - JJ
Isaiah Stone - Kalium
Dakota Powers - Runt
Shawna Rae Moseley - Shaunte
Chris Wright - Riley (as Christopher David Wright)


Official Website: Official site

Country: UK, USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA

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Did You Know?

Director Andrea Arnold wanted to work with unknown actors and would often approach teenagers on the street that she thought would be good for the movie, holding impromptu auditions in parking lots. See more »

User Review


Rating: 6/10

American Honey follows a young woman as she embarks on a road trip of sorts with a bunch of hippies as they try to swindle their lives away in hopes of living in the purest of utopias. It is an indie film through and through. Everything from the story to the look reeks of an independent production which really intrigued me from the minute American Honey started. Despite this everlasting and enthralling feeling of watching pure art in the way of the indie eye as seen through director Andrea Arnold, I can't help but shake the feeling that this film could have been more. To start off, there really isn't anything terrible or bad about the film outside of its indulging and bloated running time of close to 3 hours. The acting is great, the cinematography is amazing, the soundtrack is arguably perfect and the story (while being paper thin) is acceptable. The biggest enemy the film has is itself. The editing is probably my biggest issue with the film because it ends up damaging the story through this overbearing and extremely indulgent pacing. At times, there are moments where the film is unrelenting. You can't wait to see what happens next. Then there are other moments that move so slow that you question whether or not to get up and stretch your legs. It ends up being a very frustrating film to watch because anyone can see that there is an undeniable masterpiece underneath the running time. A timeless story of youth and innocence is lost in a barrage of fire pit songs, drug fueled rage and useless character traits that end up being lost or muddled in, what felt like, an assembly cut of the film. Despite this, Andrea Arnold has a very keen eye and a natural ability to make her characters feel real even if the film is as boring as the average person. Whether or not this is what Andrea Arnold was going for, I have no idea. Overall, American Honey is a film that will most certainly test the patience of its audience but those who are fans of Arnold's Fish Tank, or just simply fans of character studies or coming of age stories, American Honey will certainly leave you feeling satisfied.


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