Americano (2005 film)

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Americano
Americano ver2.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Kevin Noland
Produced by Ruthanna Hopper
Clark McCutchen
Kelly J. Noland
Kevin Noland
Maricel Pagulayan
Mark Edward Roberts
Nick Satriano
Written by Kevin Noland
Starring Joshua Jackson
Leonor Varela
Timm Sharp
Ruthanna Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Music by Sebastian Arocha-Morton[1]
Peter Golub
Distributed by MTI Home Video
Release date(s)
  • January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Americano is a 2005 American film. The film stars Joshua Jackson, Leonor Varela, Timm Sharp, Ruthanna Hopper, and Dennis Hopper. It was written and directed by Kevin Noland.

Plot[edit]

Chris McKinley (Jackson) is a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe. He is trying to enjoy and gain as much as he can from his last days there before he starts his new career back in the United States. When he reaches Pamplona along with two friends he meets a new trio of people. He meets an Australian thrill-seeker, a Spaniard named Adella (Varela), and a provocateur (D. Hopper). This new trio encourages McKinley to think about the life and path he has chosen to take and he does so. When the time for him to leave becomes close he must ponder whether he should take the road to his fast-track career or take a new path into his life.

Critical reviews[edit]

Los Angeles Times: Writer-director Kevin Noland effectively utilizes his fine young cast and the natural beauty and rich culture of northern Spain in amiably posing a timeless question of youth.[2]

Film Threat: Beautifully shot and filled with lovable characters you could watch for hours, Americano is an amazing journey that makes one yearn for travel.[3]

Reel Film Reviews: Americano certainly succeeds as a romanticized travelogue, and if this doesn't make one want to grab a backpack and head for the hills of Spain, nothing will.[4]

Spokesman-Review: As Jakes Barnes and friends do in "The Sun Also Rises," Noland's characters are in Pamplona to, among other things, run with the bulls. Those other things include falling in/out of love... [and] drinking wine.[5]

TV Guide: Americano is a young man's film, and to Noland's credit it's handsomely shot, well acted and more ambitious than the average first film.[6]

L.A. Weekly: Watching Americano is like hearing a long story about someone else's holiday, and while it seems everyone had a nice time, it's too bad they didn't shoot a better film while they were there.[7]

Reception[edit]

The film is currently rated by 8 critics at 63% and by audience (968) at 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.[8]

Trivia[edit]

Throughout the film there are several references to literary works which parallel the themes of the movie. There are repeated allusions to famous writer Ernest Hemingway and his novel The Sun Also Rises. The Sun Also Rises tells the story of a group of friends in Spain in the 1920s.

A further reference is to Hermann Hesse's tale Siddhartha, a story of sacrifice and a journey to finding one's self. The reference to Siddhartha is towards the end after Chris and Adella had spent the night together. Adella scans through Chris' journal and finds a page with a summary of Siddhartha discussing its plot.

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