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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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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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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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The original shooting schedule was 13 days but ended up at 21. 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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Trish: It's getting hot in here. Got any air conditioning?
Bret: No, ah, this thing... it actually broke a long time ago.
[beat]
Bret: So... am I taking you home tonight or what?
Trish: Or what?
Bret: [nervous chuckle] Uh, You single?
Trish: Why does that matter? You're not.
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Written by Bek Phillips, Danny Hescock, and Enock Jenson
Performed by Bek Phillips
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Good Indy Film has Flavor!
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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