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  (in credits order)

Christina Applegate ... Emily

Justin Lazard ... T.J.

Johnathon Schaech ... James

Moon Unit Zappa ... Alex (as Moon Zappa)

Molly Ringwald ... Penelope
Tiffany Salerno ... Zoey
Leslie Horan ... Sara

Kate Luyben ... Vanilla / Paula

James C. Victor ... Jules
Brad Harrison ... Harrison
Stephen Lisk ... Zack

Paul Gleason ... Mr. Forrester
Judee Morton ... Mrs. Forrester (as Judith Fraser)

Joel West ... Kyle
Alan Marshall ... Tate
Gina Salerno ... Checker
Tim Puntillo ... Hippy Man
Jennifer Daly ... Hippy Girl

Nancy Fish ... Harrison's Mom

Greg Lee ... Man in Bed
Jock MacDonald ... Sheriff

Harold Green ... Cop #1
Scott Carr ... Cop #2
Cheney Ray ... Little Emily
Heidi Annalisa Kieppinski ... Baby Emily

Directed by
Cameron Thor 
Writing credits
Tiffany Salerno (story) &
Tim Puntillo (story) (as Timothy Puntillo)

Tim Puntillo (written by) (as Timothy Puntillo)

Produced by
Jennifer Daly .... producer
Joe Lemmon .... associate producer
Carmen M. Miller .... producer
Tim Puntillo .... producer (as Timothy Puntillo)
Tiffany Salerno .... producer
Richard Salvatore .... executive producer
Marc Sferrazza .... associate producer
Original Music by
Barry Coffing 
Cinematography by
Jacek Laskus 
Film Editing by
Seth Casriel 
Will Wuorinen 
Production Design by
Joe Lemmon 
Art Direction by
Jackie Hudson 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer McCullouch (decorator)
Costume Design by
Lexi Nikitas 
Makeup Department
Lucy Fleetwood .... assistant hair stylist
Lucy Fleetwood .... assistant makeup artist
Karen Toole-Rentrop .... hair stylist (as Karen Toole)
Karen Toole-Rentrop .... makeup artist (as Karen Toole)
Production Management
Rich Cowan .... unit production manager
Ian Kennedy .... production supervisor
Victor J. Pancerev .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sherie Giehtbrock .... second assistant director
Marina Hamaoui .... second assistant director
Juan Mas .... assistant director (as Juan A. Mas)
W. Scott Peake .... second second assistant director
David Snedeker .... first assistant director
Joey Travolta .... second unit director
Seth Lee Williams .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jason Addy .... art department liaison
Dwight A. Gabbert .... on-set decorator (as Dwight Gabbert)
Katie Mau .... property master
Sergio Muñoz .... carpenter
Sound Department
Rex Morris .... sound mixer
Tom Taylor .... boom operator
Gabe Verger .... adr recordist
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunt performer (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Joe Cofer .... stunt performer
Kimberly Cossette .... stunt performer (as Kim Cossette)
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Johnny Martin .... stunt coordinator
Patrick J. Statham .... stunt performer (as Pat Statham)
Warren A. Stevens .... stunt performer (as Warren Stevens)
Nancy Thurston .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Cheney .... loader (as Doug Cheney)
Marcis Cole .... steadicam operator (as Marcus Cole)
Brian Cox .... director of photography: second unit
Tim Cunningham .... grip
Steve Glines .... grip
Doug Hostetter .... electrician
Eric Jennings .... first assistant camera
Pete Johnson .... key grip
Paul La Fontaine .... still photographer
Lance Odell .... electrician (as Lance O'Dell)
Joe Schiavello .... grip
Adam Teichman .... key gaffer
Michael Watson .... second assistant camera
Kieran Waugh .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elise Boyle .... set costumer
Location Management
Conrad L. Ricketts .... location manager (as Conrad Ricketts)
Music Department
Ilene 'RC' Arciaga .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Joseph E. Jones .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tony Berns .... key production assistant
Rich Cowan .... production coordinator
Paula Hunziker .... script supervisor (as Paula Dussman)
Zana Ross .... assistant: Carmen M. Miller

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Brutal Truth" - International (English title) (informal short title), USA (DVD title)
"The Brutal Truth" - Canada (English title) (DVD title), UK (video title)
"Giving Tree" - International (English title) (informal short title)
"Shaded Places" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, a scene of sexual assault and drug content
89 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good idea, bad foundation, 10 November 2002
Author: tzvika ( from Israel

The film is good, nothing more. acting is pretty good, the only bad thing about this movie is that it has too much of a plot combined all together which makes the movie hard to just stare at and understand, each character has its own story which all stories are combined at the end. just another drama, watch this if its on TV and you are bored, thats what happened to me. watch the 5 five minutes and the closing 5 minutes, that'll sum up the movie for you

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