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The Book of Caleb (2008)

 -  Comedy  -  2008 (USA)
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A comfortable underachiever and serial prankster, in the midst of their quarter life crisis, reunite against childhood enemies in a contemporary suburban epic.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Luno ...
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Cole
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Montag
Nikitas Manikatos ...
Swank
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James Paddington
Billy Tanner ...
Tanner
Joseph A. Fluehr IV ...
General Green
Patrick Reynolds ...
Old Man (as Patrick M. Reynolds)
Thomas Bryan ...
Bus Boy #1
Bill Gartner ...
Bus Boy #2 (as Billy Gartner)
Cary Barker ...
Joyce
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Simon
Bill McLaughlin ...
Principal
Von Wilson ...
Barkeep
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Storyline

Twenty-something Caleb Callahan, a crusader without a cause, ventures back to his homeland of suburbia to live with his parents after unexpectedly dropping out of college in his final year. Once there he quickly reunites with his childhood companions Montag, the mastermind serial prankster, and Swank, his trusty sidekick. After one of their pranks reaps unexpected consequences, Caleb is forced to be the hero Montag always knew he could be, ultimately saving his friends and giving his life direction and meaning. Written by Anonymous

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prank | robin hood | kissing | darts | beer | See more »

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Is it better to out-monster the monster, or to be quietly devoured?

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Comedy

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Not Rated

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The entire film was produced from the basement of the director's parents' home. See more »

Quotes

Montag: Mom, would you shut up?
Joyce: D'you see how rude he is to me?
Montag: Fine mom, will you shut up please?
Joyce: Would you take care of the trash please?... Caleb, I remember when you and Montag used to dig for bones in the backyard.
Montag: We weren't digging for bones Mom, we were digging graves.
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Comedy delivers, shows promise
20 August 2008 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I first saw the trailer for THE BOOK OF CALEB on the Cinemassacre.com website. The trailer had me sold from the first mention of the fabled "upper decker," so I paid for the digital download and checked it out.

The movie delivered on the trailer's promise, and shows that this group of creative people is a group to watch. They really have the chops to do something great. This isn't your average oddity that you find on the internet, have a couple seconds of amusement, and then forget about. This is a legit movie from obviously talented filmmakers.

If I had to compare the movie to anything else, I'd probably say Wes Anderson's work, specifically BOTTLE ROCKET. This film has a similar quirky sense of humor, a "boys will be boys" attitude, and a way of making the mundane seem epic without getting sidetracked with self-importance -- the movie maintains a great sense of humor and is never pretentious.

There is definitely a unique voice here. Most of the performances are solid, especially for such an independent film, and the technical credits are all solidly professional.

I'm going to recommend this one to some like-minded friends, and think it could really take off from word of mouth. Definitely worth discovering.


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