Trucker – Movie Review
Diane Ford, a vivacious and successful independent truck driver, leads a carefree life of long-haul trucking, one night stands and all-night drinking until the evening her estranged 11-year-old son, Peter is unexpectedly dropped at her door. Peter hasn’t seen his mother since he was a baby and wants to live with Diane as little as she wants him, but they are stuck with each other — at least for now, while his father Len is in the hospital. Burdened with this new responsibility and seeing the life of freedom she’s fought for now jeopardized, Diane steps reluctantly into her past and looks sidelong at an uncharted future that is not as simple or straightforward as she had once believed possible.
Trucker is a really interesting movie in that it’s made about basically a blue-collar woman who’s not a waitress played by Michelle Monaghan, and so it was the story of a woman who basically is estranged from her kid who’s being raised by her ex who’s Benjamin Bratt. She has, in theory, a platonic relationship with her neighbor who’s Nathan Fillian who’s just lovely, who actually played the doctor in Waitress. But this is a charming movie that really makes you believe in the people that are doing it. It gives you some insight as to what it takes to drive a truck, and women who are independent and lonely who are not sluts, or maybe who are a little slutty, but not very much. It’s just a very well-acted, interesting movie that’s worth your time and trouble. Four stars.