Movie Review: The United States of Leland (2003)

The-United-States-of-Leland-(2003)The United States of Leland

MPAA Rating: R

Length: 108 Minutes

Year: 2003

Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance

Plot Summary: Tells the story of a young man’s experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives.

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Writer: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey



This is an unusual movie yet very touching. I don’t think a lot of people even know about this movie but I think everyone should watch it. The story is centered on a boy like myself who is very withdrawn but unlike myself, killed a disabled kid (I have never killed anyone). The movie also shows you how each family is affected by this tragedy as well as a look into Leland’s state of mind as well as his motives for committing the crime.

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