History Film / InAmerica

10th Jun '17 1:40:00 PM Piterpicher
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The story is told from the perspective of Christy Sullivan (Bolger), a ten-year-old Irish girl whose family emigrates to America for a fresh start. She and her younger sister Ariel (played by Bolger's real life sister Emma) have recently lost their baby brother Frankie to a brain tumour and the family is struggling to cope. Navigating the hardships of their new life in NewYorkCity, and a growing friendship with an African man called Mateo (Honsou) who lives in their building, help the family to grow and move past the tragedy.

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The story is told from the perspective of Christy Sullivan (Bolger), a ten-year-old Irish girl whose family emigrates to America for a fresh start. She and her younger sister Ariel (played by Bolger's real life sister Emma) have recently lost their baby brother Frankie to a brain tumour and the family is struggling to cope. Navigating the hardships of their new life in NewYorkCity, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, and a growing friendship with an African man called Mateo (Honsou) who lives in their building, help the family to grow and move past the tragedy.
7th Mar '17 8:43:32 AM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:350: "We heard Manhattan before we ever saw it, a thousand strange voices coming from everywhere."]]
''In America'' is a 2002 Irish drama film by Jim Sheridan starring Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Honsou and Creator/SarahBolger in her film debut. It is mostly based on Sheridan's real life experiences when he moved to the USA for work.

The story is told from the perspective of Christy Sullivan (Bolger), a ten-year-old Irish girl whose family emigrates to America for a fresh start. She and her younger sister Ariel (played by Bolger's real life sister Emma) have recently lost their baby brother Frankie to a brain tumour and the family is struggling to cope. Hardships of their new life in New York and a growing friendship with an African man called Mateo (Honsou) who lives in their building helps the family grow and move past the tragedy.

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''In America'' is a 2002 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan Sheridan, starring Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Honsou and Creator/SarahBolger in her film debut. It is mostly based on Sheridan's real life experiences when he moved to the USA for work.

The story is told from the perspective of Christy Sullivan (Bolger), a ten-year-old Irish girl whose family emigrates to America for a fresh start. She and her younger sister Ariel (played by Bolger's real life sister Emma) have recently lost their baby brother Frankie to a brain tumour and the family is struggling to cope. Hardships Navigating the hardships of their new life in New York NewYorkCity, and a growing friendship with an African man called Mateo (Honsou) who lives in their building helps building, help the family to grow and move past the tragedy.tragedy.
17th Dec '16 12:56:44 PM fearlessnikki
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/in_america_movie.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350: "We heard Manhattan before we ever saw it, a thousand strange voices coming from everywhere."]]



* ChildrenAreInnocent: Ariel.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Ariel. Best underlined by...
--> '''Ariel:''' What's a transvestite?
--> '''Christy:''' A man who dresses up as a woman.
--> '''Ariel:''' For Halloween?


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* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Sarah can't get a teaching job, so she works at an ice cream parlour instead. Johnny is seen working as a taxi driver as well.


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* HowsYourBritishAccent: When Johnny is auditioning for a play, he's asked to do a London accent. Paddy Considine uses his real voice for that line.


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--> "Make believe you're happy, Johnny. For the kids."
27th Oct '16 6:29:54 AM fearlessnikki
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* BigApplesauce

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* BigApplesauceBaitTheDog: A bum appears numerous times in the film, acting friendly to Johnny and offering him food stamps at one point. In the third act he tries to mug him.
* BigApplesauce: The family move to and live in Manhattan.



* MagicRealism: Sarah's "wishes" are never said to be actually magic or just lucky coincidence but the first one gets them through the border and the second [[spoiler: helps Johnny win the ET doll and stop them from blowing all their money]].



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Sarah's "wishes" are never said to be actually magic or just lucky coincidence but the first one gets them through the border and the second [[spoiler: helps Johnny win the ET doll and stop them from blowing all their money]].



* NeverTrustATrailer: Much like ''SlumdogMillionaire'' this was marketed as a happy uplifting family film, leaving out all the angst and tear jerking including the fact that the family had recently lost a child.
* PlayingGertrude: Samantha Morton, who plays Sarah, is only 14 years older than Sarah Bolger.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: Much like ''SlumdogMillionaire'' ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'' this was marketed as a happy uplifting family film, leaving out all the angst and tear jerking including the fact that the family had recently lost a child.
* PlayingGertrude: Samantha Morton, who plays Sarah, is only 14 years older than Sarah Bolger.
child.



* RuleOfThree: Frankie gives Christy three wishes.

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* RuleOfThree: Frankie gives Christy three wishes. [[spoiler: The O'Sullivans have a third child by the end]].



* WelcomeToTheBigCity

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* WelcomeToTheBigCityWelcomeToTheBigCity: Played very straight with the first sequence of the family entering New York.
26th Nov '15 5:46:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Christy was written to be 12 or 13 years old but Jim Sheridan ended up casting 10 year old Sarah Bolger in the role after she impressed him.
** Which gives us a weird line where Christy's narration says "and that's when the baby was conceived". Sure a 13 year old knowing about conception is understandable but a 10 year old, not so much.
* ActorAllusion: The London accent that Johnny is asked to do at an audition is actor Paddy Considine's real accent.



* FakeNationality: British Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton play the Irish parents and many of the American characters are played by Irish actors.



* ThePeteBest: Sarah Bolger actually never intended to audition for the film. Her sister Emma auditioned for Ariel and then said to Jim Sheridan to meet her sister who was in the car outside.
24th Aug '14 2:12:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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''In America'' is a 2002 Irish drama film by Jim Sheridan starring Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Honsou and SarahBolger in her film debut. It is mostly based on Sheridan's real life experiences when he moved to the USA for work.

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''In America'' is a 2002 Irish drama film by Jim Sheridan starring Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Honsou and SarahBolger Creator/SarahBolger in her film debut. It is mostly based on Sheridan's real life experiences when he moved to the USA for work.
13th Jun '13 7:21:43 AM Folamh3
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* WelcomeToTheBigCity

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* WelcomeToTheBigCityWelcomeToTheBigCity
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13th Jun '13 7:21:28 AM Folamh3
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20th Mar '13 4:45:15 AM MacronNotes
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* AerithAndBob: An Irish family with names such as Johnny, Sarah, Christy, Frankie and...Ariel? We can only assume the parents were massive fans of ''TheLittleMermaid''.

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* AerithAndBob: An Irish family with names such as Johnny, Sarah, Christy, Frankie and...Ariel? We can only assume the parents were massive fans of ''TheLittleMermaid''.''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
11th Jan '13 10:03:37 PM lipranzer
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* PlayingGertrude: Samantha Morton, who plays Sarah, is only 14 years older than Sarah Bolger.
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