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The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)

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An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Brooking ...
Lucas Fraccaro ...
Bull (5 years old)
Cruise Moylan ...
Angus (5 years old)
Zan Cross ...
Lachie (5 years old)
Garry McDonald ...
Eleeza Hooker ...
Young Gemma
Yesse Spence ...
Jenny (as Jesse Spence)
Simone Cullinan ...
Stephen James King ...


Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his new age parents the most--go straight! With a few weeks spent reading a library of self-help manuals, Placid has it all sorted out--and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it. Can Placid Lake retire his rage in the pursuit of beige; embrace conformity and leap on the fast track to corporate success. Will his 'brainiac' friend Gemma be able to talk him out of this economic rationalist madness? And will poor Doug and Sylvia survive the ignominy of having a son with a burgeoning future in insurance? Never underestimate the evil of banality. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

28 August 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Virada  »

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[first lines]
Placid Lake: I try to find the positives in my experiences
Young Placid: [dressed in a frilly dress for his first day of school, and about to be pushed onto the playground by his hippie mother] Mummy, I *can't*.
Sylvia Lake: Darling, just remember you're challenging their pre-conceived notions of sexuality.
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from Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 21 in C major, K467
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Jenõ Jandó, Concentus Hungaricus and András Ligeti
Under license from Naxos
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A light hearted quirky movie.
2 June 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I won't lie to you though it isn't uber-brilliant, deep or ultra-funny. It is the sort movie you watch late at night when your expectations are low. If you're looking for a movie that doesn't make you think too much this is it.

That being said I did find it funny, if somewhat puerile at times. I could relate to the main protagonist. The story moved along at a good pace and didn't get bogged down. I really wanted to see how it would end up.

I like that it didn't suffer from the usually Australian movie problem of "lets show you how uniquely Australian we can make this film" it just let itself be. It showed a side of Australia that wasn't purely rural or suburban.

Also Rose Byrne is absolutely gorgeous. I think I want to marry her!

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