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Mean Creek (2004)

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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek vengeance.

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Cashier
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When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? Written by Seth Waters *AshTFrankFurter2*

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bully | friend | boat | river | dare | See All (150) »

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You can never go back. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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29 September 2004 (France)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,170 (USA) (20 August 2004)

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$603,943 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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The case # is 3668543 (seen when the police start watching George's video at 01:23:50). See more »

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When George is asking Sam if the plan to take him out on the boat was true you can see George in the background moving his lips as if he is speaking but there is no audio to match this (at around 2 mins). This was corrected in the DVD. See more »

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[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing? You're a punk, Sam!
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Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Our Love Is Beautiful
Written by Ethan Gold
Performed by Ethan Gold
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Makes "Thirteen" look bad
12 November 2004 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

Mean Creek ***1/2/out of 4

"Mean Creek" has the most accurate depiction of teen life and adolescence I've ever seen in a movie. Unlike "Thirteen", which is stereotypical and tries to give answers and resolutions, "Mean Creek" sticks out in the teen-life genre as a beauty. The young actors and actresses do a great job, but Carly Schroeder as Millie is the best. She gets to your gut as the innocent kid who's in the wrong place at the wrong time.

One of the most memorable parts for me in the movie is when the Bully, George, is filming with his camcorder and zooms in on an exotic spiral shape, saying "This is my life". That's such a brilliant line because adolescence is such a horrible and awkward stage in life. High schoolers (being one myself) are filled with an assortment of emotions and feelings and "Mean Creek" portrays that with such power.

Like "Deliverance", the film is focused on a canoe trip that goes completely wrong and "Mean Creek " has some themes that "Deliverance" has. Jacob Aaron Estes is a director who is off to a great start-making films that are completely honest in every way.


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