The United States of Leland

Character: Julie Pollard
Directed by: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Written by: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Other cast: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Michael Welch, Lena Olin, Kerry Washington, Michael Peña, Sherilyn Fenn
Release date: April 2, 2004 (limited release)
Genre: Drama
Running time: 108 mins

When smart, quiet suburban student Leland Fitzgerald commits a shocking crime, he becomes the center of a maelstrom of people trying to understand what he did and why, from his famous but absent father, to his troubled ex-girlfriend to the victim's devastated family. The only person Leland trusts is Pearl, a jaded juvenile hall teacher and aspiring writer who helps Leland to examine the truth of his crime.

Notable Mentions
• Although they don’t share any scenes together, this is the first time Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams have appeared in the same film. Seven years later, they co-starred in Blue Valentine.