Trucker

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Released 2008

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Director:
Unknown
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Trucker is a 2008 drama about a female truck driver whose carefree life is turned upside down when she is forced to take care of the 11-year-old son that she had previously abandoned. Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan) is perfectly content driving long-haul trucks for a living. It allows her to do exactly what she wants, from having one-night stands with strangers to drinking all night with her alcoholic neighbor, Runner (Nathan Fillion). Things take a dramatic turn, however, when her ex-husband, Len (Benjamin Bratt), reappears in her life along with her young son, Peter (Jimmy Bennett). Len has cancer and tells Diane that he will not be able to care for Jimmy while he is undergoing treatment for it. He asks her if she will take care of Jimmy while he is in the hospital. She hesitantly agrees and the two of them ultimately change each other's lives as mother and son get to know each other for the first time.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    There are so many wonderfully unconventional things to like about this tiny independent film, Monaghan's earthy and uncompromising performance chief among them, its depth surprisin...

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Trucker sometimes feels like a performance in search of a movie.

  • 50

    Variety

    Playing a negligent mother isn't usually the way to get ahead in the acting biz, but the elfin Michelle Monaghan must have seen Trucker as her vehicle out of the ingenue parking lo...

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    Independent, Family Dramas