“Asleep In My Palm” is one of those movies that drop you into a character’s life, doesn’t make much of a push to catch you up, and instead leans towards you seeing someone as they are.

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Plot Summary

For as long as Beth-Ann has been alive, she and her father, Tom, have been on the move. They have made due salvaging, stealing, and finding useful things in abandoned buildings. Now, they live in a storage unit in Ohio near a university. But as 16-year-old Beth finds herself starting to come of age and question her father and experience things outside his realm of control, so comes the question of whether his view of society will hold as she finds herself soon to be on her own.

Content Information

  • Dialog: Discriminatory Language, Cursing
  • Violence: Gun Violence, Blood, Self-Harm
  • Sexual Content: Nudity (Frontal Male)
  • Miscellaneous: Nothing notable

Characters and Cast Members

Character’s Name Actor’s Name
Beth-Ann Chloe Kerwin
Tom Tim Blake Nelson

Character Description(s)


Tim Blake Nelson as Tom
Tim Blake Nelson as Tom

Tom is a veteran with a generally low opinion of humanity. While Tom may not be a people person, there is no denying that he does his best to be a father and keep his daughter safe. But how much has he prepared her for the real world? Never mind; a path that doesn’t follow his own is worth questioning.

Beth Ann

Chloe Kerwin as Beth Ann
Chloe Kerwin as Beth Ann

Sheltered and still in the phase of idolizing her father, Beth Ann might be smart and scrappy, but she lacks real-life experience, and as much as her father may have made sure she is intelligent, he has not given her any means to develop her social skills.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “Poker Face.”


Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Good If You Like

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On The Fence

It Leaves You Wanting More

In many ways, “Asleep In My Palm” operates as it should, considering who Tom is. He doesn’t trust most people, feels safest on the move, and even when it comes to his daughter, he keeps her at arm’s length regarding what he feels at any given time. But, it is in him being so standoffish to most, knowing he is a veteran who has seen and gone through things that creates this allure.

As a character Tom works with tries to push him to open up, as another tries to relate as a veteran, and Tom shuts them down, you find yourself more and more intrigued, which makes how you learn the truth a bit of a let down more than what the truth is.

Then, with Beth Ann, I saw this was an LGBT+ story and got excited for with Beth Ann primarily being seen in her family’s storage unit, her being left at the local college, exploring, and talking to a girl, it seemed like it could be an interesting coming of age story.

However, Beth Ann getting to explore in more ways than one, comes about halfway through the movie, and she doesn’t really get a full arc. Like Tom, you are given but a small part of a much larger story. Then, when you do get additional details, you are told by a third party and given very little from the two leads you have spent the film with.

Now, you could submit that, unlike most movies, this isn’t pressing against two hours, so the investment isn’t as heavy. But, because of the way Tom and Beth Ann are crafted, for things to end as they do, just when you feel like you are getting to know these characters, and they are getting their truth exposed, not getting to see beyond when the bomb is dropped is immensely frustrating.

How To Watch

Watch “Asleep In My Palm” free via Tubi.

Background Information

Film Length 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Date Released April 19, 2024
Where To Watch Tubi
Director(s) Harry Nelson
Writer(s) Harry Nelson
Based On Work By N/A
Genre(s) Drama
Content Rating Not Rated

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“Asleep In My Palm” is the kind of film that leaves you wanting more, and it’s hard to say if it is in a good or bad way. It gives you these intriguing characters, who you not only want to know the past of but also the future, but it keeps you at arm’s length and makes it clear you only see the end of a chapter in their story, and you won’t get what preceded or comes next. This makes the characters feel all the more real, yet it leaves you frustrated to know that what you get is all you’ll have.

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