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I first saw this movie on TV and missed the first 15 minutes. I thought the movie was great so I bought the DVD and haven't stopped watching it yet. Every actor is perfect for their roles (although William Sadler's accent is ridiculous), every location looks like it was created to be in this movie (several locations are in "The 6th Day") and the story was great.
Although basically just a rehash of the Stepford Wives, this movie is set for for teen audiences and director David Nutter makes the story seem completely original.
The story is this: A boy and his family move to Cradle Bay to try and escape the memories of his brother, who committed suicide. When the boy, Steve (played by X-Men star James Marsden) starts school he quickly makes friends with outcast Gavin (Nick Stahl of T3), who explains to Steve that something fishy is going on as his friends have traded in their sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyles to join the Blue Ribbons, the straight-A good boy jocks and cheerleaders. Gavin then introduces Steve to his friend Rachael (the talented Katie Holmes) who he falls in love with. Inevitably, Gavin becomes a Blue Ribbon. Steve and Rachael then try to find out what is going on and how to stop it while trying to stop themselves becoming part of the group.
This is a great story of love and paranoia. The lunch room "Freak Roll Call" is a scene not to be missed.
The only problem is the way the film has been edited. On the DVD are 10 additional scenes which expand on such stories such as Steve's parents fearing he will commit suicide like his brother (which is irrelevent in the theatrical cut) and expansions on the paranoia. There is also an alternate ending that shows us an exciting final confrontation between Steve and Gavin. This movie was rushed into cinemas and not properly done so it becomes a standard teen flick.
My advice, rent or watch this movie on TV and if you enjoy it slightly, go purchase the DVD to broaden and expand you're enjoyment of this film. Enjoy!
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