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North is a 1994 film directed by Rob Reiner. The story is based on the novel North by Alan Zweibel, who also wrote the screenplay and has a minor role in the film.

An 11-year-old boy named North (Elijah Wood) tires of his parents (Jason Alexander and Julia Louis Dreyfus), who never pay any attention to him even though he's a model student, athlete, and even actor. He legally emancipates himself from them, and wanders around the world seeking a new family with a deadline of Labor Day; if he doesn't find a new family by then, he will be placed in an orphanage. Along the way, he encounters parents that are Texan, Alaskan, Hawaiian, Amish, etc, and tries to blend in with each group of parents (well, not the Amish). He finally decides that his own parents are the best with the help of a guardian angel (Bruce Willis) who uses several guises throughout the film. However a conniving kid friend of his, Winchell, used the publicity North's escapades garnered to rally kids everywhere to make their parents more subservient to them. Knowing that North reconciling with his parents would undermine this, he plots to have him killed.

Not related to the film El Norte. Scarlett Johansson's film debut.


North provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: The Amish couple is played by Alexander Godunov and Kelly McGillis, a reference to their roles in Witness.
  • All Just a Dream Or is it?
  • All-Star Cast
  • Ambulance Chaser: Arthur Belt (played by Jon Lovitz), who is literally seen chasing an ambulance until he comes across North. Apparently, he just uses it to beat the traffic.
  • Artistic License: The various cultures depicted. When an 11 year old dreams the whole thing inaccuracies are to be expected.
  • Beachcombing: Seen in Hawaii.
  • Big Eater: The Tex family.

 Pa Tex: Well I reckon we'll wake up early and eat, then we'll dig for oil and eat, then we'll rope some doggies, bust a few broncs and maybe get a bite to eat.

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