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Not Like Everyone Else (2006)

After a teacher becomes supposedly becomes ill at Union School, Oklahoma, Native American teenager Brandi Blackbear (Alia Shawkat) is accused of putting a hex on the teacher and suspended. ... See full summary »

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Brandi Blackbear
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Toni Blackbear
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Tim Blackbear
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Henry Bracken
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John Mack Butler
Simone Carter ...
Casey (as Simon Carter)
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Kyle Kenney
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Kimberly
Rebecca Rose ...
Millicent
Kayleigh Harris ...
Ashley
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Noah Taylor (as Joshua Blaycock)
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Mr. Gray (as JD Evermore)
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Ken Knox (as Douglas Griffin)
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Tim Blackbear Jr.
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Sarah Carson
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After a teacher becomes supposedly becomes ill at Union School, Oklahoma, Native American teenager Brandi Blackbear (Alia Shawkat) is accused of putting a hex on the teacher and suspended. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Blackbears file a lawsuit against the school to help clear Brandi of witchcraft accusations perpetrated by an overly zealous, religious community. Written by Tickleberry

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A witch-hunt is taking place... today!

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Ironically, this doesn't stand out all that much... with that said, worth watching
1 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't know if this was based upon something that actually happened; however, in spite of my wanting to believe that it didn't, not this recently, I sadly can imagine that this is a true story. Thus, I can't compare this to the real thing. The authentic feel is present throughout, if this can honestly seem a bit manipulative at times. It certainly is fairly black and white, albeit with several notable exceptions. The plot revolves around a girl in high school being accused of witchcraft(!), and her family's attempts to deal with it. All the characters are pretty well-written, consistent and credible. The acting is great, I was impressed with most performances. Apart from Illeana Douglas, I didn't know any of them before, but I'd definitely consider giving anything else they appear in a chance. The cinematography and editing are quite nice and interesting, with some well-used hand-held camera footage. While this doesn't hold an awful lot of surprises script-wise, it does engage the viewer, as well as hit the majority of the marks. The dialog also has several memorable and clever lines. There is a little humor, and it's rather funny. This can be very disturbing. I recommend this to everyone who's been a teenager and felt different. In other words, if you are at least thirteen years old, this is for you. 7/10


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