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Knock 'Em Dead, Kid (2009)

Not Rated | | 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 ...
Michael Resendez ...
Torey Marks ...
Erin Prieto ...
Andrew Chase ...
Don - Jim's Dad
The Cop
Adam Gordon ...
Michael Allen Hollinger ...
Michael Esposito ...
Bruce Paul
Nathan Yoder ...
New Man


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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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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1.85 : 1
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Most of the film was drawn based off the Director's own life experiences. See more »


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


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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Very Interesting and Realistic Coming of Age Film
21 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Knock 'Em Dead, Kid is the first film from NYU graduate Christopher Golon. Remember that name, because he will be a huge success in the years to come.

Brett is 19, in a relationship, and has just been accepted to NYU. His life is as success story to any post- grad. One night, along with his friends, Brett beats the man their friends accused of rape; leaving him hospitalized. Soon, Brett pushes his steady girlfriend aside to be with an admirer , Trish. She's a sophomore, leading to his nervousness about her. When the allure of forbidden fruit latches onto Brett, his relationship is ruined, and a new one begins. But that's not all that begins to crumble; with a detective on his back about the assault and the town youth about to erupt on the corrupt cops, this provides for one interesting summer.

What I really like about this movie is despite a non existent budget and technical problems, it feels real. The characters are natural teens. Movies like Havoc are atrocious to me, because the kids in them are fictional, and feel that way. Kids is another film like this, but feels far fetched. The characters are possible, but not every school has a Telly or a Jennie. EVERY school has the characters in this movie. I'm friends with people like this, I hate some people like this, but they're in my environment. While not as extrema as some coming of age films, this one is incredibly realistic; not feeling boring in the least, and not loosing you with scenarios you know will never happen. Despite the roughness of the final product, I think Golan did an amazing job with this film; and the budget proves you can do so much with so little. 8/10.

Chip Parton- Chief Editor- www.sinsofcinema.com

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