The United States of Leland

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: April 9, 2004
DVD: September 7, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
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Cast: Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Michelle Williams, Lena Olin, Martin Donovan, Ann Magnuson, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Michael Peña, Michael Welch

Synopsis

When smart, quiet suburban student Leland Fitzgerald (Ryan Gosling) commits a shocking crime, he becomes the center of a maelstrom of people trying to understand what he did and why, from his famous but absent father (Kevin Spacey), to his troubled ex-girlfriend (Jena Malone) to the victim’s devastated family.

The only person Leland trusts is Pearl (Don Cheadle), a jaded juvenile hall teacher and aspiring writer who helps Leland to examine the truth of his crime.

Yet, Pearl too, has his own exploitative agenda, using Leland to garner material for a book and further his own career -- until he begins to see that Leland is giving him something he never expected; not the concrete answer he seeks, or the literary fame he hopes for, but the realization that now is the time to change his own life for the better.

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Studio: Paramount Classics
Producer(s): Kevin Spacey, Palmer West, Jonah Smith, Bernie Morris
Screenplay: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Official Site: www.paramountclassics.com/leland/

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