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Just Peck -- Who is high school sophomore Michael Peck? Is he a model son? A band geek? A science nerd? No, he's just Peck, a 5-foot-2, skinny, 104-pound weakling whom no one notices until he meets Emily, a beautiful and popular senior, who befriends the awkward boy.
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In suburbia no one can hear you scream.
When Michael Peck's overbearing parents force him to compete in the Science Fair, he thinks he can shock everyone. Instead, Peck finds teen angst might be cliché, but it still sucks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Keir Gilchrist ... Peck

Marcia Cross ... Cheryl Peck

Adam Arkin ... Michael Peck

Camryn Manheim ... Ms. Wood

Kyle Kaplan ... Geiger

Brie Larson ... Emily

Tiya Sircar ... Becca

Don McManus ... Mr. Trustman

Tom McGowan ... Mr. Kuhner
John Prosky ... Dr. Lipschitz

Molly Hagan ... Ms. Sears

Martin Spanjers ... Marty Binkman

Justin Lee ... Jun

Hayley Holmes ... Annie

Drew Tyler Bell ... Cooper (as Drew Taylor Bell)

Andrew McFarlane ... Frank (as Andrew MacFarlane)
Serena Berman ... Sage

Kenny Stevenson ... Security Guard

Haley Ramm ... Michelle

Dan Martin ... Coach

Ellen David ... Secretary

Octavia Spencer ... Detention Teacher
Peter Canaan ... Big Kid

Michael DeLorenzo ... Referee
Chris De Lorenzo ... Christopher (as Christopher DeLorenzo)
Michael Hogan Jr. ... Football Player
Elizabeth Cohen ... Girl's Basketball Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Emanuel Driving ... Mr. Book (as Ian Driving)
Daniel Smith Coleman ... Student
Courtney Fleming ... Senior (uncredited)
Austin Honaker ... Senior Guy on Campus / Guy Wrestling (uncredited)
Adam Knapp ... Mr. Becker (uncredited)
Javier Montoya ... Science Fair Student (uncredited)
Angela Nikas ... Senior (uncredited)
Pete Stamatelatos ... Hardware Store Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael A. Nickles 
Writing credits
Marc Arneson (screenplay)

Produced by
Romeo Antonio .... executive producer
Juliet Berman .... associate producer
Julie Chrystyn .... executive producer
Michael A. DeLorenzo .... co-producer
Tom Fortuna .... executive producer
Jerry Leider .... producer
Dwight Opperman .... executive producer
Cliff Rogers .... line producer
Michael Viner .... executive producer
Daniel Wood .... executive producer
Original Music by
Benjamin Wynn 
Jeremy Zuckerman 
Cinematography by
Mark Petersen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellen Goldwasser 
Casting by
Donna Morong 
Kathleen Tomasik  (as Kathleen Tomasik-Black)
Production Design by
Terrence Foster 
Art Direction by
Melanie Jones 
Costume Design by
Marcelle Chamlee 
Makeup Department
Melissa Buell .... makeup artist
Sean Conklin .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Mbousia .... key makeup artist
Ami Murray .... makeup department head
Stephanie Kae Panek .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher S. Bryson .... first assistant director
Irina Bryson .... key second assistant director
Todd Havern .... additional second assistant director
Matt Miller .... second second assistant director
Nick Graham Rogers .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tanner Bean .... swing gang
Andy Bonura .... swing gang
Laura Diamond .... property master
Tim Dodge .... set dresser
Eric Hull .... assistant property master
Scott Macdonald .... leadman
Landon L. Poff .... set dresser
Kate Womack .... set dresser
Sound Department
John Bauman .... boom operator
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley mixer & editor
Johnny Gallo .... sound editor (as John Gallo)
Diane Greco .... foley artist
David Ho .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario Manti-Gualtiero .... sound effects editor
Sean Rush .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jacob Moore .... special effects technician
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
John Bowers .... compositor
Erick Schiele .... title design
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Thompson .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Traci Chartier .... film loader (as Traci Chappell)
Charles Cooper .... lighting technician
Michael De Lorenzo Jr. .... still photographer
Glenn DiVincenzo .... steadicam
Krist Hager .... gaffer
Joey Maloney .... second assistant camera
K. Blair Rogers .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Kevin Blair Rogers)
Ian Sherrington .... additional loader
Casting Department
Kristan Berona .... extras casting
Jackie Sollitto .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cristina Chereneta .... wardrobe assistant
Aryeta Gashi .... key costumer
Jeannette Hita .... set costumer
Kimberly Leila Perry .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Richard Nastasi .... on-line editor
Joe Parisella .... digital color timer
Music Department
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Michael Viner .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Myleen Chapin .... transportation dispatcher
Christopher DiMarco .... transportation
Scott Doleto .... driver
Timothy 'Toes' Erwin .... transportation coordinator
Brett Miller .... transportation captain
Other crew
Melissa Beanes .... assistant production accountant
Jennifer Burdick-Baklarov .... production assistant
Joe Chamlee .... production accountant
Cristina Chereneta .... product placement liaison
Leonid Choub .... location manager
Elizabeth Cohen .... production assistant
Dan Cooley .... assistant location manager
Kym De Lorenzo .... production assistant
Shane Denil .... utility stand-in
Dawn C. Dreiling .... script supervisor
Daniel Geyer .... production assistant
Jenny Gienger .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Goldman .... international distribution
Alexandra Hill .... music supervision executive
Devon Marie King .... stand-in
Tracy E. Maurer .... production coordinator
Kenji Miwa .... production assistant
John Paliferro .... production assistant
Peck .... post-producion supervisor
Nick Graham Rogers .... set production assistant
Jason Ybarra .... key craft service

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The leads were played by Keir Gilchrist and Brie Larson, who played siblings on United States of Tara for three seasons.See more »
Ms. Wood:God damn it! Your little brat made a teen suicide tester for the school science fair.
Michael Peck:Oh, my God. I never thought I'd say it: Our son, the edge teen.
Cheryl Peck:And all we were hoping for was "conformer." I am so proud.
[They kiss]
Ms. Wood:[to a colleague] Oh, my God. I told you they were insane.
Michael Peck:[once again aware of Ms. Wood] Oh, surprise. The university of mediocrity alumni don't get it. The machine is just the beginning. The debate, the controversy...
Cheryl Peck:All part of Mike's project.
Michael Peck:It's beyond technology. It's beyond science. He's not feeding you for a day. He's not teaching you how to fish. He is shoving your heads into the white whale's blowhole until the abyss gazes back.
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Worth your time., 21 July 2010
Author: OutlawsDeLejos from Australia

I watched this title knowing almost nothing about it other than I liked the two leads from the Showtime series, the United States of Tara. The setup is a well worn path, Keir Gilchrist plays Michael Peck, a 104lb Freshman invisible to his parents and those at school save for a small circle of friends.

Through a chance encounter he befriends Emily (Brie Larson), an attractive and popular senior at his school. They bond through their subsurface similarities, both are intelligent and posses a sharp tongue matched with a darkly funny evaluation of suburban life. But each are neglected by their parents, Peck's parents are overbearing and deaf to their sons concerns whilst Emily's just aren't there.

The two areas where this film just doesn't work are in the production values, this is obviously an independent film but unfortunately it sometimes looks like they stole set pieces from a direct to cable Disney film. The other let down is the direction, it is beyond flat. No style, no consistency in tone or the effort to create one, in retrospect it looks like they got their director from a Disney set as well.

The real saving grace is in a surprisingly good script, still let down with some strange turns and the performances. Gilchrist and Larson do seem to be following a reasonably close path to their turns in United States of Tara but in this film they're allowed the time to develop a successful character arc that not only works, but works well. Both turn in tender and genuine performances, and by the end Brie Larson particularly, really proves she has the acting chops to be taken seriously as a professional.

Whilst it has its flaws, Just Peck survives it's technical limitations through the talent of the cast and some originality and great laughs buried in an otherwise clichéd story.


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