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The Book of Caleb (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2008 (USA)
A comfortable underachiever and serial prankster, in the midst of their quarter life crisis, reunite against childhood enemies in a contemporary suburban epic.


(as Matthew Von Manahan)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Luno ...
Michael Hampton ...
Nikitas Manikatos ...
James Paddington
Billy 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 ...
Bill McLaughlin ...
Von Wilson ...


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




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Did You Know?


James Rolfe, best known as the Angry Video Game Nerd, made a video titled "Top 10 Baddest Bad Guys". His seventh favorite is Officer Scar from this film. Although an obscure choice, Rolfe is friends with the filmmaker Matthew von Manahan. See more »


Caleb: [smiles] D'you break out?
Montag: No, had my hearing today.
Caleb: You been acquitted?
Montag: No... I don't think you can be acquitted for a signed confession.
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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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