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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 revenge.

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Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood ...
Jasper
Ryan Peterson ...
Cashier
Michael Fisher-Welsh ...
Mr. Levinworth
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Shelly Lipkin ...
Mr. Merrick
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Detective Wright
Hagai Shaham ...
Handsome Police Officer
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Storyline

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 (144) »

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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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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$603,943 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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Trivia

Trevor Morgan and Rory Culkin were both previously directed by M. Night Shyamalan in The Sixth Sense and Signs respectively. See more »

Goofs

When George is lying on the shore and Clyde runs to shout for help, he stumbles and falls almost entirely into the water (at around 47 mins). A few shots later he stands facing the others and is seemingly dry (at 53:04 to 53:07 and 53:23 to 53:27), definitely too dry to have just been immersed in water. See more »

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George: [Josh sets his camera down and starts shooting baskets on the basketball court; Sam notices Josh's camera and picks it up, looking at it]
[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing?
[knocks over Sam; the camera falls over a fence and lands on the ground, only showing Josh in frame fighting over Sam]
George: You're a punk, Sam! I ought to kill you!
[kids start gathering around the scene]
George: You fucking dickhead! I told you to never touch my camera!
Sam: Stop!
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Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »

Connections

References Deliverance (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Novocaine for the Soul
Written by Mark Oliver Everett (as E) (and Mark Goldenberg)
Performed by The Eels (as Eels)
Courtesy of Dreamworks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Simple, Real, Powerful and Impressive
4 February 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Oregon, when the bully George Tooney (Josh Peck) beats his schoolmate Sam Merric (Rory Culkin), his older brother Rocky (Trevor Morhan) schemes a prank with his two also teenager friends Clyde (Ryan Kelley) and Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) seeking revenge. They invite George, Sam and his girlfriend Millie (Carly Schroeder) to a boat trip along the river, with the intention of humiliating George and get even. However, Millie convinces Sam to call off the plan and the boys accept in spite of the reluctant Marty. When they decide to play "truth or dare" in the middle of the river, the truth about the prank is disclosed to George and he offends the boys mostly the traumatized Marty, leading the group to an accident with tragic consequences.

"Mean Creek" is a simple, real, powerful and impressive story. The first point that calls the attention is the performances of this young generation of promising and talented actors and actress. I hope they have the same luck of Coppola's boys of "Rumble Fish" and "The Outsiders". The story teaches in a hard way that for each action that we take there are consequences. Further, this is the first honest film that exposes the problematic relationship of an adolescent with gay parents with his friends. "Mean Creek" is certainly one of the best coming-to-age movies that I have ever seen and therefore highly recommended inclusive for teenagers. The Brazilian title is simply awful. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Pacto Maldito" ("Damned Pact")


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