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Elsewhere (2009)

A teen girl disappears after trying to meet men online in order to escape her small town. Apparently, only her best friend worries enough to investigate the mystery.

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Jillian
Chuck Carter ...
Jasper
Olivia Dawn York ...
Darla Tod
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Officer Berg (as Jeffrey Daniel Phillips)
Shannon Holt ...
Patty Melville
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Candy
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Dan Flannery ...
Mr. Palomino
Suzanne Lang ...
Maureen
Eduardo N. Martinez ...
Jonas (as Eddie Martinez)
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Chris
Holi Tavernier ...
Janet Melville
Pasquale Chase Rulli ...
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Sarah and Jillian have been best friends for so long they can't remember when their friendship started. Growing up in the small town of Goshen, Indiana the two girls couldn't be more different. Sarah is a star pupil and athlete, a 100-watt-bulb in a five-watt-town, while Jillian is star mischief-maker, a 100lbs-of-trouble in a five-pound-bag. Although both girls long to break free of the small-town life, Jillian is the first to act, revealing to Sarah that she has been meeting men on-line with the sole purpose of finding someone who will "take her away from this place". Soon thereafter, she disappears leaving Sarah with only a journal and a cryptic video message sent from her cell-phone. Sarah soon discovers that the town would rather forget that Jillian had ever existed. Distraught, she delves into the secrets surrounding her disappearance. Aided by, Jasper, the resident computer geek who secretly adores her, the two plunge head-long into Goshen's dark secrets -- uncovering corrupt ... Written by Nathan Hope

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Rated R for language, sexual content, violence/disturbing images, and some drug and alcohol use by teens | See all certifications »

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15 January 2009 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The necklace that Jillian shows Sarah in the cemetery scene is not a "hardcore" symbol: it is AURYN from _The NeverEnding Story (1984)_. See more »

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The film is set during summer vacation, yet the texts Sarah receives throughout the movie say the month is October. See more »

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Jasper: Jeez, I don't think I've gotten 500 messages my entire life!
Sarah: That's because you don't have boobs Jasper.
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References The NeverEnding Story (1984) See more »

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Written by Bernie Larsen (as BL)/Tiki Lewis (as TL)/Peter Atanasoff (as PA)
Performed by The Vague
Produced by Bernie Larsen
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For a few thousand $$$, they could have bought a decent script.
11 June 2009 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

It seems like I spend half my time watching poorly-produced and horribly-acted movies with good stories and ideas, and the other half watching well-produced movies with zero imagination and stock story lines. "Elsewhere" falls into the latter category. The actresses (and actors) are cute and do a decent job. (Keep your eye on the "weird' girl.) The production values are quite good, with interesting, but not impressive, cinematography. The whole movie is definitely not low-budget in appearance or finish.

But the story and script are just awful...retreads of thrillers done hundreds of times before. Trust me, you'll pick out the bad guy within the first few minutes of the movie. No hints are required. There is very little tension in the movie, except for the few action sequences. Contrary to what you might expect from the tag lines, there isn't any "string" of mysterious disappearances. One girl disappears and, five years later, so does another one. The cell phone texting angle has been done many times before and much better, so no tension there. The typical (and stereotyped) red herrings abound.

Finally, towards the end of the movie, you get a scene which ought to be subtitled "Scriptwriters Got Tired Here" or "Director Couldn't Figure Out How to Film This the Right Way." Two teens try to sneak up on a farmhouse where a (potential) bad guy is sleeping by creeping through a cornfield. Since they want to be stealthy, they (of course) bring along fluorescent tube lanterns. No, nobody would notice THOSE being carried through a completely dark cornfield at night, would they? And who would ever notice the bright light coming form the completely unlit barn when the kids finally get there? Unfortunately, this is typical of the writing in this film.

Well-made, but still pretty worthless and unexciting.


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