James Mottern’s directorial debut belongs to the ever-growing subgenre of films where a free spirit is suddenly saddled with a child (see Big Daddy
, Raising Helen
, Old Dogs
, etc.) Though Trucker
travels a well-worn road, it sets itself apart with the strong performances from its cast. Lead actress Michelle Monaghan, who has previously impressed in Gone Baby Gone
and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
, is particularly notable, giving a raw, unselfconscious turn as the eponymous woman.
Trucker doesn’t try to make its protagonist, Diane Ford (Monaghan), look good. Instead, the film quickly establishes her hard edges with a col...