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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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Veronica's home was actually up the street from the car dealership where Janet Leigh traded in her car in 'Alfred Hitchcock's' Psycho (1960). 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 »


Willard: No, you got way too much alcohol in you, Jim. Sit the fuck down.
Jim: Man.
Bret: What? I told you I'm not in.
Willard: Man, you're gonna do this to me now? You're gonna fuckin' pussy out?
Bret: Are you kidding me? You're gettin' pissed at me? Do you realize we kicked Teddy's ass for nothin'. You hit Angela, so...
Willard: So, what man? So, we kicked Teddy's ass, who cares? What's gonna happen? They're gonna give you community service. Man, quit being a fuckin' pussy!
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Written by Art Flesh Gordon
Performed by Art Flesh Gordon
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24 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening of 'Knock 'Em Dead, Kid' is very odd and ominous. A face fills the screen and then proceeds to berate the viewer and fire (from a job) someone.

This sets the tone for the rest of the film - you never know what you'll get or what will happen. Next, the camera lingers on a sunset but you're not allowed to enjoy it as profane and vulgar dialogue spews forth from the screen.

Enter our gang of sweet, innocent and misunderstood teens - Bret, Willard, and Jim - who seem to be out for a good time but who begin their evening by attacking some other guy, Teddy, due to the fact that he raped a friend of theirs. The tone of this film is tough to pin down-it's at once a reflection of a society and that makes it at times very dark but then you have sunlit days and fun/happy times. It makes the film watchable and keep the viewer on edge - waiting for something to happen.

Once the story is set (Bret wants to go away to school, his friends wanna party, girl trouble, etc.) the film does display some striking visuals.

Written and directed by Chirstopher L. Golon, his film vacillates between cynicism and naîveté, pathos and comedy. The acting overall is good, considering it's a cast of unknowns, the character of Willard is especially good, as is the character of Trish who plays her part as part vamp-part innocent younger.

Since the tone of the film is all over the place (at times), it's hard to predict on what note it will end. But the end is satisfactory for what has come before and this is perceptively ambiguous film-making at its best.

Note: There's also a fantastic score from some up and coming artists!

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