Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is a sweet movie about a high school valedictorian-to-be thrust into a head of household role when her mother is arrested after an emotional meltdown at work in a Best Buy-like store. Confronted by the risk of Child Protective Services taking custody of her sister and brother along with the pressure of paying a mortgage, car payments, and putting food on the table with money that just isn’t there, Deidra hatches a plan to rob a freight train.
The introduction of an absent father who is a convicted felon and fortuitously works in a rail yard, and a railway investigator attempting to salvage his career in law enforcement, serve as plot devices to showcase Deidra’s resourcefulness as she outwits the adults. Although a bit contrived, the story conveys a light-hearted mood throughout the film.
What’s refreshing about Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is it portrays an interracial family encountering all of the daily struggles and problems that any other family faces, yet the focus is on the family dynamics. At no point in the story is race mentioned or addressed, and it makes a statement without explicitly doing so.
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train is a worthwhile movie that is fun and thoroughly entertaining, and I’m curious to see what Ashleigh Murray chooses next.