“Sleepwalking” is a movie about a family with serious problems. the mother of this unhappy family is joleen reedy (Charlize Theron), who is forced to move from her boyfriend’s home following his arrest for cultivating marijuana. joleen then takes her 11 year old daughter Tara (Annasophia Robb) and moves into the modest apartment of her brother James (nick stahl). no sooner then joleen settles in, she takes off with a trucker, and leaves her unprepared brother James to care for her daughter. social services steps in and places tara in a group foster home that does not work for her. james is then forced from his apartment after loosing his job, and moves in with a friend and co-worker played by Woody Harrelson, who adds some lighter moments to a dismal set of circumstances james springs tara from the foster home and takes her on a road trip to a Utah farm run by his abusive father (Dennis Hopper) and tries to pass tara off as his daughter. without giving away the ending, the movie reaches a climax and an unexpected resolution.
Theron, is a master at playing flawed women’s parts since her Oscar winning role in “monster,” and this role as a self centered, irresponsible mother is no different. stahl’s role as a simple working-man, trying to be a father figure for his niece Tara is very convincing. robb’s portrayal of a young girl forced to grow up quickly in a cruel world is outstanding. it won’t be long before she joins the Oscar club. as for hopper, an actor who has withstood the test of time, his portrayal of an abusive father and grandfather, was superb. this movie is an excellent character study of troubled individuals, and leads the audience to the conclusion that maybe their family is not so bad after all.