American Gun 2005
American Gun ★½ 2005 (R)
Three generally uninvolving stories about guns from debuting director Avelino. In Oregon, Janet (Harden) and her teen son David (Marquete) are guilt-wracked community outcasts three years after her older son participated in a high school shooting rampage. At a gang-ridden Chicago school, Principal Carter (Whitaker) expels student Jay (Escarpeta) for having a handgun, and the pic follows the teen to his convenience store job where he tries to use the (fake) weapon as intimidation against would-be thieves. In Virginia, coed Mary Ann (Cardellini) sets aside her dislike of firearms and learns to shoot after a friend is date-raped. 94m/C DVD . US Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden, Linda Cardellini, Tony Goldwyn, Christopher Marquette, Nikki Reed, Garcelle Beauvais, Amanda Seyfried, Melissa Leo, Arlen Escarpeta; D: Aric Avelino; W: Aric Avelino, Steven Bagatourian; C: Nancy Schreiber; M: Peter Golub.