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‘American Woman’ Film Review: Sienna Miller Digs Deep Into Shallow Story of Struggle

‘American Woman’ Film Review: Sienna Miller Digs Deep Into Shallow Story of Struggle

American Woman” is what happens when you put a male director and screenwriter together to tell a story about their idea of a woman’s journey through traumatic events, time, and age. Director Jake Scott (“Welcome to the Rileys”) and writer Brad Ingelsby (“Run All Night”) manage to do a lot without ever touching the complex and emotional inner psyche of a working-class woman whose life is turned continuously upside down.

Debra (Sienna Miller) is a 33-year-old grandmother, becoming a single mom at the age of 16, with her own daughter Bridget following almost exactly the same path. Debra works as a cashier at a grocery store, lives across the street from her loving but disapproving older sister Katherine (Christina Hendricks), and babysits her grandson on nights she is not busy with the married man she’s dating.

Despite being a mother and grandmother, Debra is in many ways stunted in her growth,

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