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Lori Petty (writer)
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Release Date:
2008 (USA) See more »
Lust, drugs and violence... no place for a kid. See more »
A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa. | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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One house to rent See more (23 total) »


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Jennifer Lawrence ... Agnes
Javon Johnson ... 1st 'John'

Sophi Bairley ... Bee (as Sophia Bairley)

Bokeem Woodbine ... Duval

Chloë Grace Moretz ... Cammie (as Chloe Grace Moretz)

Casey Tutton ... Sheila

Matthew Gerdisch ... Earl

Robert Gerdisch ... Burl
Lucas Ellman ... Clyde Junior
Kymberly Mellen ... Sheila's Mom (as Kimberly Mellen)

Andrew Rothenberg ... Clyde Senior

Danielle Campbell ... Darla

Selma Blair ... Sarah

Jayce Ryan ... Daniel
Kirsten Mose ... Young Agnes
Abby Phalen ... Young Cammie
Sara Hennessy ... Young Bee
Natalie West ... Dolly

David Alan Grier ... Stymie
James Earl Jones II ... Popeye
Rich Komenich ... Meatball
Tyla Abercrumbie ... Janette
Phil Ridarelli ... Mr. Goldstein
Hashim Brown ... Little Boy
Julia Sobaski ... Rowena
Kevin Gudahl ... Bob Elder
Bernie Landis ... Mr. Jefferies
Terrion Johnson ... Rondell
Joshua Pertler ... Pookie (as Josh Pertler)

De'Shawn Washington ... Black Tony (as Deshawn Washington)
Adam McEwen ... Dooey
Justin McEwen ... Deon
Kazemde Fela Masud ... Harold

David Pompeii ... Mooney
Ellis Foster ... Lincoln

Claudia Michelle Wallace ... Drunk Lady
Greg Hollimon ... 2nd 'John' (as Gregory Holliman)

Clarke Peters ... Maurice
Jeff Christian ... Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joey Bicicchi ... Football player (uncredited)
Anthony Brawner ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)

Debbi Burns ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)

Robert Kramer ... Extra (uncredited)

Jonathan C. Legat ... Photo Journalist (uncredited)

Steve Mikula ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Aleh Neliubin ... Party-goer (uncredited)
Alan Sciranko ... Score keeper (uncredited)

Preston Tate Jr. ... Black Teen (uncredited)

Directed by
Lori Petty 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Alan Grier  writer
Lori Petty  writer

Produced by
Stephen J. Cannell .... producer
Michael Dubelko .... producer
Lisa Gildehaus .... line producer
David Alan Grier .... co-producer
Daisy Marco .... co-producer
Peter Quartaroli .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Ken Seng 
Film Editing by
Tirsa Hackshaw 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Claire Simon 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Lisa Wolff 
Set Decoration by
Desi Wolff 
Costume Design by
Erin Benach 
Makeup Department
Chelo .... makeup- & hair department head
Candace Scholl .... assistant makeup artist
Joyce Taft .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Gary Winter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Corrado .... second assistant director
Charles Leslie .... first assistant director
Nicole Real .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jason Breitzman .... graphic designer
Tom Castronovo .... art department assistant
Jeno Dellicolli .... swing gang
Justin Lieb .... prop master
Adri Siriwatt .... swing gang art department
Holly Todd .... on-set dresser
Nassoma Vernon .... art department coordinator
Jessica Voogd .... set dresser
Erica Willis McCormick .... interim art department coordinator (as Erica Willis)
Travis Witkowski .... assistant property master
Josh Zylstra .... leadman
Sound Department
Michael P. Cook .... dialogue editor
David S. DiPietro .... sound recordist
Karl Dondlinger .... boom operator
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... foley mixer
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... supervising sound editor
Mike McGrath .... boom operator
Adam Mohundro .... sound intern
J.T. Mueller .... boom operator
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Kevin J. Summers .... boom operator
Bartek Swiatek .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Rick Cortes .... Inferno artist
Matthew LeFevour .... stunt double
Chris Nolte .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lisa Clauson .... assistant camera
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane technician
Shannon DeWolfe .... loader
Shannon DeWolfe .... video assistant
Ronald Dragosh .... key grip
Ron Forsythe .... gaffer
Andrew W. Gajda .... camera intern
Mark Karavite .... Steadicam operator: additional photography
Kevin Pittman .... best boy electric
Jeff Tomcho .... second assistant camera
Dave Wightman .... first assistant camera
Alex Willson .... electrician
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator
Terry Zumalt .... electrician
Casting Department
Shelby Cherniet .... casting associate
Julie Swistak .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Potter .... costume supervisor
Karla Strum .... additional set costumer
Editorial Department
Dave Pickett .... final colorist
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
Other crew
Nicole Basile .... production assistant
Adam Boor .... location manager
Neal Cornell .... office production assistant
Rachel Davis .... production coordinator
Jason Dusenske .... production assistant
Josh R. Field .... production assistant
Belle Francisco .... script supervisor
Carrie Gooch .... craft service head
Vanessa Hickey .... production assistant
Eric Hingst .... assistant location manager
Holli Hopkins-McGinley .... production assistant (as Holli Hopkins)
Judi Jeroslow .... assistant accountant
Jarrah Korba .... stand in for chloe grace moretz
Lori Locascio .... production assistant
David Magdael .... publicist
Michael E. Morales .... production legal counsel
Theresa Peoples .... creative executive
Peter Quartaroli .... assistant: Lori Petty
Bridget Quinn .... production office intern
Vail Romeyn .... accountant
Matthew Stratton .... armorer
Nichole Wleklinski .... key production assistant
Margo J. Zuffante .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Rated R for language, and disturbing content involving a minor including rape, sexual content and drug/alcohol abuse
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Germany:16 | Japan:R15+ | New Zealand:R18 | USA:R (certificate #45428)
Filming Locations:

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Shot in twenty-two days.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The 45 record would not play properly without the adapter in the center hole. The record would slide around the turntable once the needle was placed on it and the music would become distorted and the speed of the music would vary - it would continue to speed up and slow down during the entire record.See more »
[first lines]
1st 'John':[seeing her come in] Ah...
Agnes:[narrating] I race the sun home in the morning, and the moon up at night. There's just today, and then there's tonight. Anything can happen, then anything does. You get through it.
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Movie Connections:
Features "Days of Our Lives" (1965)See more »
Ain't No Mountain High EnoughSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
One house to rent, 29 September 2014
Author: videorama-759-859391 from adelaide, australia

Before JL was known, she lit up the screen here, among many other great performances in a true yet, I guess in one way, astounding story based on ex actress, Petty's childhood. Lawrence plays the the oldest sister to two youngin's whose irresponsible mother (Selma Blair) is a drunk and a heroin shooter. Her lover (Bokeem Woodbine) and pimp is having it off with Lawrence, in some intimately hot scenes, where I could see a talent on the rise. In this notorious house, there's pimping, boozing, partying, and of course poker playing. Lawrence does of steal the movie, really making an impact on the viewer, where surrounding performances are not to be underrated, particularly Blair, and a surprising David Allen Grier, as a blind barfly. Woodbine holds his own too, where he's always been an impressive acting talent, from his start in Jason's Lyric. His violent and threatening air to his character was just right, and made it's point. It's some of his best work. What goes on in this house, as from Point Break's Petty's personal biography, is certainly arresting. We even see a flash shot of a very young girl, getting groomed for prostitution, from JL's POV, watching outside. It's an eye opening movie indeed, and first time director, Petty, has brought something special here, in a poignant film that grabs you from end to finish. Definitely one for JL fans, to see how she started off. It's the acting which really makes it work, and again those JL kissing scenes, mmmmmmnnn.

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