Third movie, and this one will be quick.

Trucker woman drives trucks for a living. Comes home one day with her son Peter being handed over to her: the father is dying of cancer. The two have no relationship at all (they call each other “Dude” and “Diane” respectively), but start spending time with each other and eventually break through their tough exteriors and accept each other.

Yes, very formulaic and predictable. Two reasons to consider it though: the performances and the deviancy from the norm. Michelle Monaghan, so bad in that action movie with Shia LeBouf (Eagle Eye, right?), is quite terrific as Diane. She’s tough, honest, but wants nothing to do with her son. She just wants to make a living, which is why she dumped her son with the father, played by Benjamin Bratt. The other great performance is from Nathan Fillion, who plays a friend and wishful lover to Diane. He has a quiet intensity that works well for the character.

The other reason, the deviance from the norm, comes in the interaction between mother and son. They don’t like each other, but they begrudgingly get along. What makes their relationship different is that they change only enough to satisfy each other. Diane is still a tough trucker, even if she’s changing some of her decisions regarding her travel life. The son is willing to try with her. He won’t call her mom though, and probably never will. What she did to him when he was born will never change, but he’ll give her a slight chance.

Those are probably the main reasons to see this movie. It works since it sticks close to the formula, but the performances and the nuances make it worthwhile enough.

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