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Knock 'Em Dead, Kid (2009)

 -  Drama  -  3 February 2009 (USA)
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Bret, 19, yearns to leave his Connecticut hometown and head off to college. He figures summer will be fun with his buddies but as the days progress, the situations he finds himself in ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Julian ...
Bret
Michael Resendez ...
Willard
Torey Marks ...
Veronica
Erin Prieto ...
Trish
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Jim
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Angela
Andrew Chase ...
Andy
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Krej
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Don - Jim's Dad
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The Cop
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Mom
Adam Gordon ...
Teddy
Michael Allen Hollinger ...
Druggie
Michael Esposito ...
Bruce Paul
Nathan Yoder ...
New Man
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Bret, 19, yearns to leave his Connecticut hometown and head off to college. He figures summer will be fun with his buddies but as the days progress, the situations he finds himself in spiral out of control. He has run-ins with the police, problems with his girlfriend involving another girl, and a revenge attack he never should have involved himself in. Written by Christopher L Golon

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Sometimes life can be a real riot.

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Drama

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Not Rated

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3 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bussare 'i Morti di Em, il Bambino  »

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$3,000 (estimated)
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During shooting, some of the crew would relax, during non-shooting evenings, by going to the New Beverly Cinema (located in Los Angeles). Two of the films screened included Xanadu (1980) and Midnight Madness (1980). See more »

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Although set in Connecticut, the film was actually shot in Los Angeles, thus the occasional palm tree creeps into certain outdoor scenes. See more »

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Bret: Uh, how old are you?
Trish: Old enough.
Bret: And how old is that?
Trish: How old do I look? I'll give you a hint, I'm legal.
Bret: Legal for what?
[Trish rolls her eyes]
Bret: Oh, okay, so you're sixteen.
Trish: And you are?
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Weekend
Written by Bek Phillips, Danny Hescock, and Enock Jenson
Performed by Bek Phillips
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'Knock 'Em Dead, Kid' Knocked Me Over!!
30 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, I saw this film in LA in February and the one word I can use to sum up this film is - originality. The overall look and aesthetic of the film was spot on - the acting was good - and the story, well, original is one word, different could be another. The story is such a non-linear, refreshing turn from the formulaic three-act-structure so prevalent in today's commercial cinema.

The plot concerns Bret, a relatively clean-cut teen, who's ready to leave his hometown in Connecticut and go away to school. He hangs out with these 2 guys (1 tough, 1 stoner) and dates a girl. But...as our story opens, he and his buddies jump a guy, they were told raped a friend of theirs, and pummel him. Then Bret goes to a get together and meets another girl who threatens his relationship with his girlfriend.

One day a cop starts asking questions about the assault and then Bret gets caught cheating with this new hottie causing Bret's world to spiral. The film goes full speed ahead towards a strange ending but a fitting one - filled with an out of control cop and some crazy acts.

The way the story is told is so matter of fact and it seems like a docudrama at times and feels like real life - granted the story could've used more 'hollywood' but hey - it seems more like reality. This makes the film work.

There is a scene show in a car between Bret and the new girl that is shot so beautifully that I re-watched it right away. The lighting, the composition, the blocking - all so well done.

By the time the film reaches the end (and I won't spoil what happens), Bret and the viewer are drained.

Now, there are some scenes which are a bit wacky and some the story itself gets weird at times but overall the direction and acting are very good. Check this film out, it's different and worth a look!


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