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Mean Creek (2004)

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

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(as Jacob Aaron Estes)

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(as Jacob Aaron Estes)

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Raissa Fleming ...
Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood ...
Jasper
Ryan Peterson ...
Cashier
Michael Fisher-Welsh ...
Mr. Levinworth
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Tom (as James W. Crawford)
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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Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret. See more »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A harag sodrása  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,170 (USA) (22 August 2004)

Gross:

$603,951 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The case # is 3668543 (seen when the police start watching George's video at 01:23:50). See more »

Goofs

When Sam is talking to Rocky about calling off the prank, the position of his hands on the oar he is holding keeps on changing, and in some close-ups his hands and the oar are not visible, when they should be (from 27:48 to 28:08). 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 »

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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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The Way We Get By
Written by Britt Daniel
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Merge Records
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Disturbing yet beautiful portrait of adolescence
16 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

To start off this review I must say, that when I first discovered the corny box cover I thought it had to be a comedy. When I read the back I figured it must be one of those dark comedy films. And with a cast like that, how could it not be??? I have never been so wrong in my whole life.

I have seen many movies before, and none have held such great performances as this, and hardly any have spoken to the audience in such a powerful way. This film is quite disturbing, mainly because of its brutal honesty. The characters are deeply flawed yet still ring true to real life. Out of the main characters, you can at least relate to one, if not all.

The actors....wow. I can't believe that Josh Peck gave such an amazing performance as George, the bully or basically any of the cast members. I would have NEVER known that he was the boy from The Amanda Show. In fact the only actor I expected to pull this off was Rory Culkin. The performances were so natural, so beautiful I almost forgot I was watching a film.

Sure, many people hated this movie. That's their choice and no matter which film you see, there's bound to be haters. Yet, I think that the people who hated it just haven't looked deep enough into it, into the dark underlying.

Mean Creek is a very unique and individual film. You can't even really put it into a category. The atmosphere, emotion and message this film brings across to the audience is so real and gives you the final slap across the face at the end of the film. It really hits you. I think that some people who hated this movie are just scared of it. I think they're scared of just how much reality there is in it and the heartbreaking proof behind it.

The dialogue is also pretty damn real. Jacob Aaron Estes really captures the essence of what its like to be a male adolescent...the dialogue feels like its coming straight from the heart.

This movie portrays the state of mind of a teenager beautifully. Definitely 10/10.


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