Morris From America

Synopsis: Morris is a 13-year-old African-American who moves to Heidelberg with his dad, who coaches professional soccer. The film explores Morris's attempts to fit in with German kids. He falls for a girl at a youth club and she encourages him to open up a little and share his rapping.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Chad Hartigan
Production: A24 and DIRECTV
  3 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

You see what I'm saying?

Yeah, it's pretty good.

Pretty good?

It's kind of slow.

What's slow?

The flow's slow?

No, the beat...

Is slow.

It's minimal.

There's a difference.

It's not overpowering

the rhyme.

All right,

it's supporting the rhyme.

That's what a good beat

is all about.

Well, I guess.

You feel me?

It's got no hook.

Get out of here

with that no-hook shit.

This ain't pop.

It's music right here,


It's boring.


go to your room.

You grounded.

For what?

Because you like

terrible music.

You can't

ground me for that.

I can't? So you

make the rules now?

Is that

what I'm hearing?

Stop making

them noises

with your mouth.

What is that?

Oh, ok, you know what?

I can't hear it, because

this sick-ass beat!

Unh! Whoo!

Tell me you

can't dance to that.

You definitely

can't dance to this.

Double grounded.

Keep talking,

and see what's up.


go to your room.

All right,

you're ungrounded.

Let's go out.

I think she put

the wrong flavor

in my ice cream.

But do you like it?


So you win.

You got a whole new

flavor to like.

But if I go back

and I want it again,

the problem is

i don't know what the name

of the flavor is.

Well, what did you

order this time?


Ok, so just say vanilla.

Come on. Tell me more

than just "nichts."



Is a special

activity program

for teenagers

at the youth center.

They have football.

American football?

No. Soccer.

They have--

and you want me to go here?

You can learn German

with me,

but you need to practice

your German with people

your own age.


Because I said so.

Because you

can make friends.

I don't need friends.

Everybody needs friends,


If you don't like it,

you can blame me.

I don't like it.



Nah, I'm good.

Ah, American.


Kobe Bryant?




Morris. I'm katrin.

How old are you?

15. How old are you?

I don't think

this is true.

So where are you going,

14-year-old Morris

from America?

Oh, um...


I was going

to see this castle.

Oh, really?


Why is that?

Because I go this way

to my house,

so we cannot

walk together.


So I'll see you

another time.


This, I believe.

Want me to do you next?

Hell, no.

You messed

my hairline up

last time.

So you don't want to

walk around looking fly

for these German girls?

Oh, I can't talk to you

about girls now?

Ain't no girls

to talk about.

First you get

the hi-top fade.

Then you get the girl.

It's the first rule

of the game, son.

When I was

out here playing

and, uh, y'all

were in the states,

your mom did not

trust German girls.

She could trust me,

but she could not trust

them German girls, man.

She always thought

they'd be after me. Heh.

Were they?

Hell, no.

Not even one.

Oh, you know what?

Stop for a second.


What's this?

That was in the box

your grandma sent.

Just a hot rapper

from the Bronx

around '93 freestyling.



That's funny?

My own blood

laughing at me.

I should take it back.

You used to rap?

Man, don't sleep

on your old man, son.

I had sick flow

with this freestyle shit.

Probably still do.

How am I supposed

to play this?

Gotta get you a boom box.

Walk around the square

bumping that,

blow these

Germans' minds.

They still sell those?

I have no idea.

Maybe I'll find one

in a museum.

Hey, uh, I like--

you see that boy?



Yo, Kobe Bryant!

No food here, Kobe,

so good-bye.

Hey. You know, there is

a party under the bridge.

A body?

A party.

Oh, a party.

You want to come?



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Chad Hartigan

Chad Hartigan (born August 31, 1982 in Nicosia, Cyprus) is a Cyprus-born, Irish-American independent filmmaker and actor. more…

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