THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND
Leland P. Fitzgerald (Ryan Gosling – “The Believer”) is the emotionally damaged son of Albert T. Fitzgerald (Kevin Spacey), a successful and cruel expatriate novelist who hasn’t seen his son in 7 years.
The story begins after Leland has publicly murdered the retarded brother of his ex-girlfriend Becky (Jena Malone), and relies heavily on Leland’s voice-over narration as he is incarcerated and becomes the subject of juvenile hall counselor/novelist Pearl Madison (Don Cheadle), who hopes to exploit the encounter in a book.
Wildly misunderstood by critics, “The United States Of Leland” deftly points out dilemmas in current American ideology that frequently escalate into tragedy.
Rated R. 108 mins.
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