Movie: The United States of Leland

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Cast:
Ryan Gosling as Leland P. Fitzgerald
Don Cheadle as Pearl Madison
Jena Malone as Becky Pollard
Kevin Spacey as Albert T. Fitzgerald
Lena Olin as Marybeth Fitzgerald
Chris Klein as Allen Harris
Michelle Williamsas Julie Pollard
Martin Donovan as Harry Pollard
Ann Magnuson as Karen Pollard
Michael Welch as Ryan Pollard
Sherilyn Fenn as Angela Calderon
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Plot

Leland P. Fitzgerald is arrested while the rest of the town reacts with shock to the senseless murder of a young disabled guy.
The family of the boy (parents, his sisters Julie and Becky and Julie’s boyfriend Allen), whose name was Ryan, grieve the loss of their loved one. Leland's divorced mother is desperate to see her son, while his father, famous writer Albert Fitzgerald, discovers his son's fate in a newspaper and returns home to be there for the trial.
While in juvenile hall, Leland is schooled by teacher Pearl Madison, an aspiring writer who is searching for a breakthrough story.
Through his discussions with Pearl, Leland reveals his childhood memories such as his grandmother's funeral and traveling long distances to visit his father. One time, he decided to stay in New York rather than continue on to see his father. After he couldn't find a hotel to sleep in, a kindhearted family, the Calderons, decided to take him in for his stay. He continued to visit the family over the years, and was especially captivated by Mrs.
The two also discuss Leland's history with Becky, Ryan's sister. He had met her innocently at a record store and begun regularly walking home with her and Ryan after school. They had grown to love each other, and Leland recalled a time when Becky asked him to promise her "everything's gonna be okay”.
Pearl covertly arranges a meeting with Leland's father at his hotel. After he asks for more information on his family's past, Albert realizes Pearl is researching for his book and refuses to let his son be exploited - something he is guilty of himself. He eventually tells the prison supervisor about Pearl's prohibited meetings with Leland, leading him to be reassigned to another section of the prison.
Leland discovers through Allen  that Becky had had an affair with a drug dealer named Kevin who is due to be released from prison. After he gets out of prison, Becky starts to see Kevin again and decides to break up with Leland. In a rare display of emotion, he argues with her, but he can't change the fact that she does not love him in return.
In the meantime, Julie  decides to break up with Allen and doesn't want him to go to college. Brokenhearted, he holds up an auto repair shop and allows himself to be arrested in front of Julie. He is sent to the same juvenile hall as Leland, where he steals a knife (from Pearl) and kills Leland in the prison yard as revenge for what he has done to the Pollard family.
Pearl reads Leland's final entries in his journal.
Another flashback shows leland returning from NY after knowing Mrs Calderon got divroced and he begins noticing a sadness in everyone around him, driving him into a deep depression. One day, as he walks Ryan home from school, the boy becomes frustrated with an obstacle on the bike path. Leland helps him off his bike, gives him a hug, and whispers in his ear that "everything is going to be okay".


Cast:
Ryan Gosling as Leland P. Fitzgerald
Don Cheadle as Pearl Madison
Jena Malone as Becky Pollard
Kevin Spacey as Albert T. Fitzgerald
Lena Olin as Marybeth Fitzgerald
Chris Klein as Allen Harris
Michelle Williamsas Julie Pollard
Martin Donovan as Harry Pollard
Ann Magnuson as Karen Pollard
Michael Welch as Ryan Pollard
Sherilyn Fenn as Angela Calderon
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