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Heart of America (2002)

R | | Drama | 13 February 2003 (USA)
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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Will Prat
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Ryan Brennan
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Daniel Lynne
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Robin Walters
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Mrs. Jones
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Artie Lynne
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Ricky Herman
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Becky Schultz
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Dara McDermott
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Barry Schultz
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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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Trivia

Loosely based on the mass shooting that happened at Columbine High School in April 20, 1999. See more »

Quotes

Wex Presley: [selling drugs to Dara] You okay?
Dara: I will be when you give me that bag. I mean unless you wanna play shrink and ask me about my fuckin' childhood. You wanna ask me about my fuckin' childhood? 'Cos I got lots to say about it.
Wex Presley: You wanna smoke it, snort it, swallow it?
Dara: What will affect me faster?
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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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Uwe Boll tries to recreate the Columbine shooting.
9 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As everyone realizes by now, this is probably Boll's best work, but that's hardly a compliment considering his abhorrent filmography. This one detracts from his usual game-to-movie adaptation, and it's basically a remake of Columbine. It tries to create insight regarding the shooting, but it's mostly just banal sentimentality with copycat flair, one-dimensional, predictable characters with conventional, exaggerated teenage problems, and slow-paced, pointless black-and-white sequences to show us the 'troubled' past of these kids.

It offers nothing new to the subject. It creates a mundane, melodramatic explanation, it annoys you with slow-paced, trite, uninteresting drama, and it takes no risks. It doesn't try to offer an innovative, thought-provoking look at these kids motives, and considering that Boll wrote and directed the film, a risk would've probably been a disaster. Well, at least it wouldn't have been an already established, pointless, boring recreation.


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