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Netflix aired the first spot for “American Son” during the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast and, boy, does Kerry Washington look fierce as a woman whose teenage son might have died at the hands of police.
For the Netflix television event, Washington reprises the role she originated on Broadway as Kendra Ellis-Connor, one half of an interracial couple looking for answers in this urgently timely tale. Kenny Leon adapts Miami trial lawyer turned stage scribe Christopher Demos-Brown’s acclaimed play. The original Broadway cast members — which include Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, Steven Pasquale, and Eugene Lee — all return to star in the TV movie.
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The play was curiously shut out of the 2019 Tony Awards. Reviews for the film version were mixed out of the Toronto International Film Festival, where “American Son” had its world premiere. Variety wrote: “As drama, however, it feels very much like an overly schematic recitation of talking points whose acting histrionics still seem scaled for the boards—a little too big and loud in their 90-minute close-up. The result is worthy yet heavy-handed, too often coming off as an editorializing lecture or essay in thinly...
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