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12 and Holding (2005)

R | | Drama | 7 July 2006 (Sweden)
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.



(as Anthony S. Cipriano)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Chuang
Ashley Carges
Jim Carges
Grace Fisher
Patrick Fisher
Michael C. Fuchs ...
Kenny (as Michael Fuchs)
Joseph Foster ...
Keith Gardner (as Joseph 'C.J.' Foster)
Noelle 'Parker' Present ...
Haley Fisher
Jessica Sorto ...
Sara Fisher


After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

boy | 12 year old | twin | friend | death | See All (149) »


The end of innocence is just the beginning. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content involving minors, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 2006 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El fin de la inocencia  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,456 (USA) (19 May 2006)


$95,687 (USA) (14 July 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At 48 mins into the movie the game the three children are playing while discussing adoption is called The Game Of Life. See more »


Jacob's birthmark changes in location, size, and color throughout the movie. See more »


Gus Maitland: You're going to like Dr. Chuang. This is only my second session. She's really good.
Malee Chuang: I'm not a patient, I'm her daughter.
[lifts her veil]
Gus Maitland: Oh yeah. Ah, I see the resemblance.
Malee Chuang: Are you trying to make me sick?
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References Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) See more »


English Suite 2
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Pierre Földes
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Seen at Toronto International Film Festival
16 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is done very well and definitely engaging to watch, but perhaps not quite to my taste.

This is a movie about a tight group of 4 children -- a precocious girl, an overweight boy, and twin brothers, the more out-going who is killed in an accident. The funeral starts the journey of understanding the lives of the remaining 3 -- not only how the family deals with the murdered son/brother, but how the overweight boy deals with his obesity, and how the young girl deals with her mother and absent father.

The heart of the movie really revolves around these near teenagers, and as a result, the coming-of-age experiences are highlighted. At times, I laughed awkwardly, probably out of embarrassment for one of the characters. Nothing wrong with this -- in fact, it's probably what the director was trying to achieve. I was also pulled into the bizarre logic the brother was going through -- through talks with his parents, and even more poignant, some of the very personal kid-to-kid conversations. The visual clues and the inter-actions to parents were all well chosen to create characters that were believable, 3-dimensional and full of conflict. Kudos to the director and actors on this fine work. In particular, the precocious young girl (Zoe Weizenbaum) was well-cast in a very strong, conflicted and convincing performance.

Overall -- well done. This is one of the best 'pre-teen-angst' movies I've seen in a long time.

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