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April Showers (2009)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 April 2009 (USA)
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After a school shooting leaves 14 people dead, survivor Sean Ryan is forced to come to terms with loss.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Blatz ... Sean
Daryl Sabara ... Jason
Janel Parrish ... Vicki
Ellen Woglom ... April
Illeana Douglas ... Sally
Tom Arnold ... Mr. Blackwell
Sean Durrie ... Nick
Rachel Lien ... Jessica
Bryan McClure ... Jonathan
Brenda O'Brien Brenda O'Brien ... Helen Mann
Nina Rausch ... Samantha
Ben Chrystak Ben Chrystak ... Ben
William Grennan William Grennan ... Mike
Jacob Highland Jacob Highland ... Chris
Mark Arnold ... Sean's Father
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Storyline

A look inside a tragedy through the eyes of a survivor. Based on actual events, April Showers is about picking up the pieces in the direct aftermath of school violence. Set in a middle class suburban neighborhood, April Showers focuses on the lives of a handful of teachers and students as they attempt to make sense of a world that has just been turned upside down by one of their own. With the community and an entire nation caught up in the 'story', the students of Jefferson High must turn to one another for answers. In the wake atrocity, the rifts caused by misinformation and a frenzied media prove difficult to overcome. Lost and lonely under the international spotlight, one young man navigates his way through his almost indiscernible home. From quaint suburban town to battlefield turned media circus, Jefferson High provides the backdrop for Sean's struggle to cope with the loss of his friend April. Written by April Wade, producer

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In an instant, their world changed forever.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amok - Columbine School Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

Omaha, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,040, 26 April 2009

Gross USA:

$16,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,880
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shooters last name, Harris, is an obvious reference to Columbine Massacre assailant Eric Harris. His first name, Ben, may possibly be a reference to the other Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold whose middle name was Bennet. See more »

Connections

Version of Heart of America (2002) See more »

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Written by Doug Kabourek
Performed by Fizzle Like A Flood
Courtesy of Ernest Jenning Record Co.
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Where it went wrong...
6 October 2009 | by chrisbeer13See all my reviews

This shouldn't be a 'bad' movie.

There was nice production value for a no name project. The acting was what I expected from an indie project of said nice production value; a little bit above high school drama club, but just a shade below B-list actors. The concept of gaining insight into the aftermath of school shooting intrigued me; especially if that insight is coming from a survivor. The story was...a melodramatic Lifetime movie at best, but that's not necessarily a negative thing, considering this is a debut project.

Like I said, this shouldn't be a 'bad' movie.

Where does it go wrong?

Religious subtext.

Why make a movie that's meant to give people insight if you're going to exclude half your audience with blatant Christian overtones?

What is the theme here? That one can only comprehend tragedy through piety? There's no reason this film should take any standpoint that isn't subjective; but then again, within reason, there should have been an objective viewpoint. And that's why this movie with a lot of promise behind it will remain encased in a small clique of individuals who are either tied to the project or agree exactly in line with its ideology and simplistic lens, rather than reach out to the masses as it should.


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