Not every filmmaker can accurately reproduce the financial and social shock of emigrating to America from a foreign country. Fortunately for “In America,” director Jim Sheridan found just the right mix of unfamiliar surroundings and the hopefulness of an immigrant family. The energetic, loveable little girls bring an unexpected charm to the film that may have otherwise been lacking. However, Sheridan overworks his cinematic talent to include far too many mysterious tragedies to an already complex plot.

At first, the special features appear to be the classic fare — commentary from the film’s director, full- and widescreen options, cheesy HBO-style “making of” clips — and hardly worthy of its steep new release pricing. But the occasional deleted scene actually fills in some gaps in the storyline and highlights the differences between the family’s old life in Ireland and their experiences in New York City.

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Picture/Sound: 4 out of 5 stars

Features: 3 out of 5 stars

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