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The Giving Tree (2000)

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A schoolmate is invited to a cabin by a hostess and her friend commits suicide and they are trying to find out why.

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Jules
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Zack
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Kyle
Alan Marshall ...
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Nine former schoolmates, staying at a secluded mountain cabin for a reunion, try to figure out why one of their friends and their hostess would invite them there and commit suicide which prompts them to look into the mysterious and dark past of their 10th friend. Written by Matt Patay

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Best Friends, Dark Secrets

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, a scene of sexual assault and drug content | See all certifications »
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When the guests go into the house for the first time...there is a bandage on Molly Ringwald's foot as she heads up the stairs. Inside the house...when the piano is uncovered...no bandage is present. See more »

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Written by Bob Mair and Joel Wachbrit
Performed by Buddha Belly
Published by Black Toast Music (BMI) and Squid Knees (ASCAP)
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The Big Chill for the next generation.
3 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect when watching this. The summary on the box was somewhat misleading, and I don't like that. I like to have an idea of whether the movie is a drama, action flick, or horror/thriller before hand. This was a drama. About 20 minutes into it I had the distinct feeling of watching The Big Chill, but without the major soundtrack. I had the uncomfortable feeling of being more lost than any of the characters.

9 high school friends are invited up for a weekend, and we are given small cuts into their current lives. The movie gets going once Emily, the planned hostess, kills herself. There are no answers, and not even any questions. But there are lots of split-second vignettes into some "horrible" past event. Unfortunately, the movie sets you up to believe that one, or more, of the people invited were guilty of some major sin against her, or each other. The teaser leads you to believe that perhaps it's a horror film, rather than a very shallow emotional and psychological drama about stunted growth, emotional immaturity, and coming of age -- albeit a little late.

The end does tie it all up, but unfortunately, there was much more potential in this movie than was presented to the audience.


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