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Standing Up (2013)

PG | | Drama | 16 August 2013 (USA)
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Two kids befriend each other after being left stripped nude in a lake as the victims of an immature summer camp prank. They run away from camp and for three days learn more about each other than they've ever known before.



(screenplay), (based on the novel: "The Goats" by)
3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Margo Cutter
Mr. Carlson
Alexus Lapri Geier ...
Deidra Shores ...
Mr. Russell
Daniel Caruso ...
Eric (as Blake Griffin)


Based on one of the most beloved Young Adult novels of all time: Two kids are stripped naked and left together on an island in a lake - victims of a vicious summer camp prank; But rather than have to return to camp and face the humiliation, they decide to take off, on the run together. What follows is a three day odyssey of discovery and self-discovery. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and for brief smoking and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goat Island  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A long time passion project, Caruso first read the book in 1990. But it wasn't until 2000 that he started developing the project with producer Ken Aguado. See more »


This is supposed to be a summer camp. It's clearly autumn which means that the kids would be in school and not at camp. See more »


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Grace: [narrating] I read about this monkey that the Russian government sent into outer space. They figured that after a few weeks it would die because the heat from the sun would become unbearable. They said he journey would prove to be invaluable to the advancement of the space program. I wondered how they choose that monkey - that specific one. And why, if he was so special, would they put him in a situation where he could die? If that monkey knew what they were choosing him for, would ...
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Rare to find a movie with a positive message
5 December 2013 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

The other viewer's bashing of this movie shows that people can "read into" a movie or any situation their own preconceptions and their own misconceptions. I am a father of two daughters and found this movie highly inspirational about how not only children, but adults, can gain self-confidence and self-reliance relying on their inner strength. The bullying that occurred in this movie was extremely realistic and happens at schools, camps, clubs, and sports on a regular basis. The fact that a bullying tactic was to disrobe two adolescent children was to humiliate the children in front of their peers, not to serve some pedophile's interests. To take that away from this movie is shocking and discouraging, that someone would "see" everything that happens in life as "sexual" and "unholy."

In stark contrast to the other viewer's comments, this movie had the strength and inspiration of older movies like "My Girl." One of the most poignant parts of the movie is one of the runaways asking a stranger in another camp why the camper was being nice and the response was "why wouldn't I be." Those are words to emulate and live by. The other main character talks with another stranger about why people have to be mean to each other and put someone else down to feel better about themselves. These are 12-year-old kids who are asking questions that we as adults and parents can't effectively answer for our own children.

Yes, the movie shows the "bond" that the two develop over a period of three days - one of respect, one of admiration, and one of confidence. I wish that there were more movies being made like this - addressing "real" issues in our society.

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