The Hillz is a surreal look at four teenage boys coming of age. This slice-of-life comedic drama is set in an affluent neighborhood of present-day America. The story chronicles these teenagers' pursuit of respect, friends, girls, and the almighty dollar (aka status). After a year away at college, our hero, Steve returns home to find his friends haven't changed, but his old neighborhood is remarkably different. A stellar athlete, Steve is on a high from recently winning the College World Series. He's got his future and he knows it: girls, money and a sure top-ten pick in the Major League draft. The only thing missing is the only thing he can't have: the gorgeous Heather Smith. On a mission to win Heather over, Steve finds himself up against Heather's seemingly perfect boyfriend, Todd. To make matters worse, Steve discovers his beautiful suburban hills have been turned into an ultra-violent drug zone, controlled by his own high school friends. The ruthless gang is led by the sadistic ... Written by
The shirt and blue bracelet that Jesse Woodrow's character wears through much of the movie is for the now broken up Los Angeles band, Deadsy. In the commentary, Woodrow and others involved in the movie state this was because they were freinds and/or fans of the band. Also Paris Hilton made some headlines around the early 2000's for at one point having a very brief relationship with the band's lead singer, Elijah Blue Allman (son of Cher and Gregg Allman). See more »
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Any movie that's biggest draw is Paris Hilton is already in trouble. The Hillz, yet another new "teen drama," like that's even a genre, lowers the bar once again. Not quite sure what it wants to be, this mish mash of stolen ideas and unlikable characters has nothing new to show or to say. The advertising claims it is American Pie meets Pulp Fiction with a dash of A Clockwork Orange. Well, in a sense that is no lie: this film is a pale imitator that throws as many cliché's as it can at the wall to see what sticks.
The basic plot follows the adventures of Steve and his return from college to his old neighborhood. He's the popular jock who unfortunately finds that all is not peaceful in his wealthy high-school habitat. Most troubling is the fact that many of his best friends from high-school have now begun a blood-thirsty gang that terrorizes whoever they want and creates overall havoc. That's probably where the A Clockwork Orange elements come in. Sort of.
Then of course there's the love interest, Heather, played by Paris Hilton. The term "played" is to be used loosely: Paris Hilton doesn't actually act, she just plays herself with a different name. Considering the dipping standards of the Oscars nowadays, perhaps a nomination is in store for her. And, of course, there is the completely original love triangle between Steve, Heather, and her boyfriend Todd. This probably is the American Pie part of the film. Maybe.
And who knows where Pulp Fiction comes in; it probably just has to deal with the fact that this film has people committing crimes too! Oh, and there's sex appeal! And hot new stars! And violence! Yes, subtly takes a backseat to Paris Hilton. Supposedly the film has a message, one that is summed up best in its tagline of "the good life just went bad." Unfortunately, a mediocre film just got worse, and the true tragedy of The Hillz is that it actually thinks it's an important film. Perhaps it will provide an alternative watch one night for a few bored young teens who never got to download A Night in Paris. For everyone else, though, the film is just a warning to up and coming filmmakers: if you want to give your mediocre script some weight, don't hire a star best known for illegitimate porno.
Critics Conclusion: The advertising claims The Hillz is American Pie meets Pulp Fiction... with a dash of A Clockwork Orange. Those are all perfect alternative entertainment choices to sitting through a mediocre production of a stale idea that has nothing to say that hasn't been said a million times already.
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