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Heart of America (2002)

 -  Drama  -  13 February 2003 (USA)
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School shooting drama in a suburban high school, believed to have been inspired by i.a. the Columbine High School Massacre.

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Mrs. Jones
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School shooting drama in a suburban high school, believed to have been inspired by i.a. the Columbine High School Massacre.

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Violent Lesson... Deadly Learning. See more »

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Rated R for violence, drug use, sexuality and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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13 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Deadly Trust  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Barry Schultz: We're not those kind of guys!
Daniel Lyne: What kind of guys? Guys that decide to stop taking abuse. Guys that take control of their own lives? What kind of guys are we, Barry? Me? I'm the kind of guy whose father likes to laugh at him when he comes home with cuts on his face... if he isn't to busy putting new ones on himself. Then I get to go to school and smear shit on myself. And you? What kinda guy are you? The kinda guy whose father walks out on him when he is still on shortpants. The kinda guy who ...
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References Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) See more »

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Walk On By
Written by Peter Ries & Charlemaine
Performed by Charlemaine
Published by FMM Music Publishing
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Boll is the wrong man to teach this "lesson"
26 June 2006 | by (Olympia, WA) – See all my reviews

In Uwe Boll's commentary on the DVD of "Alone in the Dark" he brags about how Ron Howard liked "Heart of America". I really have to wonder what Ron was thinking. Some might think of this film as bold for taking on the hot topic of school shootings, but others (including me) think of it as a travesty for badly dramatizing it. It is an intriguing, important topic, but I've never seen a film successfully tackle it (No, I'm not a fan of "Elephant"). I was in high school when most of the school shootings were happening, so I feel a kind of connection to the subject.

This film follows various high school kids through their last day of school. We cut between various pre-class conversations in cars, bedrooms, offices, etc. For every character there's a clearly (and mechanically) laid out conflict. Among them are a student who deals drugs, a couple of students who's relationship is ending, a tweaker student, a group of bullies, a teacher who is overly harsh on his students, and the two misfit kids planning the shooting. There are lots and lots of flashbacks (in black and white) explaining how things got this way for the misfit kids.

Clint Howard shows up as one of the shooter kids' emotionally abusive father. Jurgen Prochnow plays the school principal. And for no reason at all, Michael Pare appears as the teacher in a performance that reminds us all why he's on the celebrity Z list. None of these characters seem all that convincing and the dialog comes straight from an after school special (plus swearing, of course). The writers don't realty seem to understand their teenage subjects, resulting in the same major problem as "Elephant": you don't really come to care about the characters. Flimsy plot combined with irritating characters does not result in a compelling film.

This subject deserved a much better treatment. However, this is probably the height of schlock director Uwe Boll's career. The characters are irritating, and some of them you wouldn't mind seeing killed, but that's more than you can say for "House of the Dead" or "Alone in the Dark". That said, it is a tedious, insultingly dumb movie which I doubt anyone could benefit from watching.


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