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Purgatory House (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 September 2003 (USA)
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An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Celeste Marie Davis ...
Silver Strand
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Saint James
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Sam
Devin Witt ...
Atticis
Rhiannon Main ...
Celeste
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Marsha
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Silver's Dad
Kathryn Skatula ...
Sam's Mom
Erik Jester ...
Jessie
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Teacher
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Ghost
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Student
Scott Clark ...
Johnny
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Silver's Mom
Jean Paul Toshiro ...
Cody
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An inside glimpse of how it feels to be a teen in today's disconnected world. PURGATORY HOUSE chronicles the after-life journey of Silver Strand: a lonely teen who abandons her life of turmoil and drug addiction, only to find herself caught somewhere between heaven and hell. There, she must choose whether she will accept her drab existence or discover within herself the power to change. Written by Matthew Irving

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Rated R for drug content

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The voice of 7-year-old Massey is director Cindy Baer. See more »

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Silver Strand: I know I'm pathetic, and I hate myself for it. And if I was someone else, I wouldn't like me either.
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Parametic #1 and Parametic #2 are PURGATORY HOUSE Associate Producers Matthew Irving (disguised as "Pink Matthews") and Traci Glodery. See more »

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The tag-line, "written by a fourteen-year-old girl" is more of a disclaimer.
4 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honestly, this movie is the reason teenagers don't make movies. The message, which, though undefined, is loosely construed as "Don't kill yourself" rings hollow, and, as a teenager, the complete lack of realism and depth to the characters makes it utterly unwatchable.

I think it is wonderful that a young writer got her break, but it falls short of being anything meaningful or even well-written. The acting is dreadful, but not quite as dreadful as the stale, unrealistic dialog.

The only saving point in this movie is Jim Hanks, but even his bright acting and excellent delivery can't save this sinking ship of a film.

The real question? How does a movie that reads like a public service announcement written by well, a fourteen-year-old girl, win seven independent film awards?


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