America Brown

Synopsis: Ricky Brown (Ryan Kwanten) is a high school youth in Texas who knows nothing about the outside world for his was raised his entire life to follow the West Texas tradition of playing football on the gridiron. Ricky desperately tries to find a direction with his life as well as try to shake off the troubled memory of his older brother's recent death in order to avoid the pressure of him to play as his school's top star. Fleeing from the pressures of his small town as well as his mother (Karen Black), Ricky travels to New York City where he shacks up with his former mentor John Cross (Hill Harper), who is now a Catholic priest of a small church. Ricky also meets Vera (Natasha Lyonne) a free-spirited young woman who works as a diner waitress who he hopes to help him find direction. At the same time, Ricky also becomes acquainted with Rosie (Élodie Bouchez) a young Frenchwoman who has a "special relationship" with John that may have lasting consequences for John and Rosie.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Paul Black
Production: TLA Releasing
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

You're good.

I love you.

You're everything to me.

You're everything to me.

Our daddy was a good man.

He was crazy,

but he was good.

He knew it was over.

He quit when the

quittin's good.

You don't quit when

the going get's tough.

You hear me?

"Take it all the way, little buddy.

Your pal, J.C."

The greatest quarterback

ever to play Texas ball.

What do you think

of them apples?


Thank you.

Damn straight, "thank you".

And don't forget it.

All right?

Appreciate it.

A guy like that comes around

once... shoot... every 20 years.

And he knew... you gotta quit

when the quittin's good.

Everyone's out here

dreamin' the American Dream.

But... ain't nobody winning...

nobody that I know.

Life ain't sh*t.

Life is easy.

Football is hard, boy!

Ricky honey, I'm home.


Or have you not read in

The Law that on Sabbath,

the priests serving in the

temple violate the Sabbath...

and are innocent.

I say to you something greater

than the temple is here,

if you knew

what this meant.

The body of Christ.

The body of Christ.

The body of Christ.

The body of Christ.

- The body of Christ.

- Amen.


- Ricky?

- Marianne.

Oh, hi, Leon.

- Just get back?

- Yeah.

- Trade show, huh?

- Yeah...

More beauty products

under one roof...

than Tammy Faye's bathroom.

- Look here, Ricky go with you?

- No.

He's visiting some

cousins in Dallas.

He'll be back next

week, I suspect?

I suspect so.

How y'all doing?

He seems a little

lost these days.

Well, you know, under

the circumstances.

Oh, yeah.

I do...

If you need

anything, Marianne...

You'll be the first one I call.

- Bye for now.

- Bye for now.

Bo, he didn't go with her.



Hey, Bo, take it easy now.



Hello, this is Rosie.

I can't come to the phone right now.

Please leave a message

after the beep.

(repeated in French)


Can I help you?


John Cross?

Yes, that's right.

My name's America Brown.

Nice to meet you.

I'm Daniel's brother.

Remember, the free safety?

Daniel Brown.

Daniel Brown?


I'm his brother.

I said that.

They call me Ricky.

Ricky Brown.

I found you on the net.

I didn't know I was there.

Heck, even my mama's

beauty parlor has a site.

Do you remember my

mama's beauty parlor?

Yeah, sort of.

You know you can find just about

anyone on the internet these days.

I don't use a computer.

Is that right?

That's right.

So what brings

you to New York?

Just some time out

before school starts.

Hey, did you take all

these photographs?

Yes, I did.

- They're nice.

- Thank you.

You don't sound Texan no more.

I've been gone a little while.

So, you a junior,

senior, what?

This year, I'm a senior.

You play football?

Yes, sir.

Are you any good?

I don't know.

What's good?

Isn't training camp

about to start?

They can wait.

Is that right?

That's right.

Got some friends in town?

No, sir.


Anytime you need me to go,

you just holler.

Pretend like

you're Bo Williams.

This isn't a hotel.

You can't stay long.

Oh, yeah.


My mama still does

your mama's nails.

Best manicure in West Texas.

I met her once; your mama.

She a real nice lady.

She moved to Midland.

You probably know that.


Go on.

Come on.

- Bo.

- Marianne.

Excuse me.

No. You stay here.

Sit down.

That was a sweet letter, but it

didn't exactly say where you were.

Where are you?

The Big Apple.

New York?





Is someone there?

Is Bo there?


Don't tell him where I am, mama.

Don't tell him!


Okay Phylis, well,

thanks for calling.

I love you, mama.


My sister, tracked down

her high school sweetheart,

in New York.

I did not know

you had a sister.



She lives in Alpine.

Well, it's amazing to me that

I've lived next door to you...

all these years and had

no idea you had a sister.

Hmm, would you

like some coffee?

You know where Ricky is?

Pardon me, ma'am.

I'm sorry.

You're pardoned.

- You're still pardoned.

- Thank you.

What do you think

of that one?

I mean, I'm not sure.

I kind of like it.

I think you should get it.

You think?

Yeah, I do.

I'll give it a week.

If it's meant to be... right?

Pardon me, partner.


I think I have a stalker.


Hi, I'm Vera.


Ricky, Ricky Brown.

I wouldn't have done it.

Thank you.


What's Texas like?

It's dry, flat, hot.

Do you visit a lot?



John, no one's gonna stop you

from having that operation.

Heck, I don't think anybody's gonna

hate you for it either, but...

I just feel it's my responsibility

to present you with your options.

Now, these here will take care

of the pain while you're resting.

You don't need to practice.

We'll give you your injections

before the games.

You just need to make sure you

don't get used to these things.

They're strong.

That's right.

Five games, John.

If we win 'em, you're gonna

be what's called a 'legend'.

Once in a lifetime.

Twenty-thousand people...

and that was just

inside the stadium.

Last play of the game,

touchdown wins, forty to go,

there's no way we're running it in.

They know it, we know it.

They blitz, like you

never seen blitz before.

Option left.


There's confusion, mayhem,

they don't know what's going on.

We haven't run it left

since you did it.

Anyway... I look up, I got

one man, opposite sideline.

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Paul Mars Black (born Paul Marmorstein; March 17, 1959 in San Francisco, California) is an American singer and drummer. He is most notable for his time as lead vocalist in L.A. Guns, with whom he wrote most of their self-titled debut album. more…

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