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As Cool as I Am -- A teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.


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Virginia Korus Spragg (screenplay)
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James Marsden ... Chuck Diamond

Claire Danes ... Lainee Diamond

Sarah Bolger ... Lucy Diamond

Jeremy Sisto ... Guy

Thomas Mann ... Kenny

Elise Eberle ... Jaimie Tilton

Peter Fonda ... Gerald

Jon Tenney ... Bob

Anika Noni Rose ... Frances

Rhys Coiro ... Ron

William Peltz ... Tim

Seth Adkins ... Scott

Mario Batali ... Himself

Lorena Fernández ... Dinner (as Lorena Carrillo)

Josh Berry ... Mario's Guest / Mercenary / Lumberjack / Chuck's gay partner

Beth Bailey ... Mario's Guest / Mercenary / Lumberjack / Straight Friend / Chuck's other wife

Rachel Hroncich ... Nurse Amber Cremeens

John F. Kollar ... Diner Patron

Terry Walters ... Libby

Evan Adrian ... Justin

Danny Kinder ... Night Time driver

Tom Romero ... Manager

Francisco Peramos ... Dinner
Paul Caster ... Telemarketer
Skyler Denk ... Chuck's other son
Corianne Glazener ... Telemarketer
Dylan Kinder ... Kid on bike
Tina Borek ... Business Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Max Mayer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pete Fromm  novel
Virginia Korus Spragg  screenplay

Produced by
Anthony Mastromauro .... producer
Dete Meserve .... executive producer
Judd Payne .... producer
Ginger Sledge .... executive producer
Matt Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Lennertz 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt 
Film Editing by
Tracey Wadmore-Smith 
Casting by
Jo Edna Boldin 
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Waldemar Kalinowski 
Set Decoration by
Wilhelm Pfau 
Costume Design by
Alysia Raycraft 
Makeup Department
RaMona Fleetwood .... department head hair
Vanessa Jaramillo .... key makeup artist
Lisa Taylor Roberts .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Marjorie Ergas .... production supervisor
Karen Wacker .... production supervisor: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jai James .... key second assistant director
Chemen Ochoa .... first assistant director
Art Department
Meg Blissell .... painter
Greg Davidson .... set dresser
Angela M. DeNike .... art department coordinator
Brian DeNike .... leadman
Bobbi Jo Gonzales .... assistant property master
Chris Hall .... set dresser
Jessica Long .... art department production assistant
Dale Lotreck .... propmaker
Dale Lotreck .... set dresser
Robert 'Rick' Mobbs .... painter
Josiah O'Neil .... set dresser
Chris Painter .... set dresser
Nicole Sahd .... painter
Lisanne Scafine .... props: food styling
David Trujillo .... set dresser
Keith Walters .... property master
Rachael Weinzimer .... property master: New York
Gina Zaritsky .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
David Brownlow .... sound mixer
Robert Eber .... sound mixer
Ronald Eng .... supervising sound editor
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... first assistant sound editor
Rodney Gurule .... additional sound mixer
Robin Harlan .... dialogue editor
Rob Hidalgo .... utility sound
Will Howard .... adr mixer
Tom Marks .... re-recording mix technician
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Willard Overstreet .... foley editor
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Miles J.D. Vedder .... utility sound technician
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Visual Effects by
Scott Gordon .... visual effects supervisor
Pete Herzog .... visual effects executive producer: Reel FX
Doug Hogan .... compositor
Laurence Chavez .... utility stunts
Edward A. Duran .... stunt coordinator
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Lucas Leggio .... stunt double: Scott
Stephanie Repp .... stunt double: Lucy
Jaret Salas .... stunt double: Kenny
Saleem Watley .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Diego Arroye .... lamp operator
Liza Bambenek .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dustin Cross .... digital imaging technician
John Dix .... grip
Roy Grace .... generator operator
George Greene .... electrician
Hank Herrera .... key grip
Bryan P. Jones .... camera intern
Lawrence Karman .... a-camera/steadicam operator
David R. Kohn .... gaffer
Madeleine Lauve .... camera intern
Jeff Lomaglio .... best boy grip
Mike Myszka .... grip
Christopher Norris .... first assistant camera
Harry Rabin .... camera operator
Todd Roberts .... electrician
Rob Salviotti .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Joseph Bradley Smith .... camera operator
Tim Suhrstedt .... camera operator: 'b' camera
Peter Weidenfeller .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Karin Aragon .... extras casting assistant
Scott Blasko .... extras casting assistant
Tina Kerr .... extras casting director
Marie A. Kohl .... casting associate
Corianne Glazener .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Deering .... key set costumer
Melanie Hocking .... set costumer
Juliet Hyde-White .... costume supervisor
Liz Pecos .... costumer
Amber Tatum .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kimberly Boritz .... assistant editor
Tony Dustin .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer
Derek M. Schneider .... data asset technician
David Townsend .... post-production coordinator
Shelly Westerman .... co-editor
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital intermediate colorist
Darin Wooldridge .... home video mastering colorist
Music Department
Robin Fujiwara .... music coordinator
Marc Juenger .... assistant: composer
Aaron Kaplan .... musician: guitar
Drew Silverstein .... music coordinator
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer
Greg Vines .... music editor
Transportation Department
Catherine Adrian .... driver
Tom Berto .... driver
James E. Christian .... driver
Scott Clark .... driver
Bill Getzwiller .... transportation captain: Local 492
Fritz Kaser .... driver
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... camara truck driver
Francie E. Lebow .... driver (as Francie Lebow)
Gavin Lebow .... driver
James Masterson .... driver
Burt Melcher .... driver
Michael J. Roybal .... driver
Prentis Woods .... transportation captain
Other crew
Andrew P. Aguilar .... set production assistant
Steve Aguino .... assistant location manager
Jose Bantula .... production assistant
Bridget Briley .... legal counsel
Bridget Briley .... music licensing and clearances
Maria Elia Castro .... assistant: Ms. Danes
Rick Chapman .... set production assistant
Corbin Clem .... location production assistant
Lisa Elrod .... production secretary
Tracey Grimes .... account executive
Johan Grimm .... basecamp production assistant
Elizabeth Elliott Hopkins .... production counsel
Flower Hulihan .... assistant production office coordinator
Robert Johnston .... payroll accountant
Eric Lisausky .... locations production assistant
Ariel Y. Lopez .... location assistant
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor
Lauren Petzke .... assistant: Ms. Sledge
M. Ross-Michaels .... production accountant
Greg Snodgrass .... production counsel
Faith Strongheart .... production coordinator
Amanda Sutton .... post production payroll accountant
Erik Torrez .... location scout
Déborah Wakshull .... location manager
Lani Wasserman .... additional set production assistant
Jeremy E. Wilcox .... assistant accountant
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Julie Ansell .... special thanks
Fredrik Bond .... special thanks
Marc Frydman .... special thanks
Emile Gladstone .... special thanks
Matthew Grimaldi .... special thanks
Artie Lange .... special thanks
Rod Lurie .... special thanks
Luigi Mastromauro .... in loving memory of
Alanis Morissette .... special thanks
Ken Olin .... special thanks (as Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig)
Tim Ranson .... special thanks
Patricia Wettig .... special thanks (as Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig)

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Rated R for sexual content including an assault, and some teen drinking
92 min
Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | USA:R
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This was Claire Danes's first feature film in five years.See more »
Continuity: At the beginning of the movie, when Lucy and Lainee eats at the diner, Lainee puts the ketchup bottle back on the table twice.See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
As troubled as I was (and still am), 22 August 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

As Cool as I Am isn't really a gripping film, and will likely be far away from my favorites of the year, but in terms of trying to revitalize the coming-of-age drama with a delightfully contemporary idea and script is succeeds solely on that merit. It concerns Lucy (Sarah Bolger), a well-mannered fourteen year old who has a lumberjack father Chuck (James Marsden) who is away for long periods of time due to work and her mother Lainee (Claire Danes), who might as well be her age thanks to her attitude and approach to reality. Lucy always had the idea that her family was "stable" in that they functioned like a normal family. However, as she gets older, she realizes her family is a "real" one, with problems and conflicts that are usually not instantly noticed by kids. This whole idea of "stable" and "real" families is discussed in the opening monologue, pretty much admitting the film will not be a narrow look at this common issue that is quickly growing.

That issue is having a child at a young age. Chuck and Lainee had Lucy when they were both seventeen, making them not much older than her in retrospect, leaving most of their decisions to be rather impulsive and quite questionable. For such a contemporary issue - having children and kids young and, often, out of wedlock - this one is scarcely brought up and thrown into public eye. Director Max Mayer, of the 2009 sleeper-hit Adam, brings a mature and focused look to the subject by allowing each character some expression and a moment when their personality comes out.

Lucy is already becoming a young woman, and with an unstable family life and an absent father, this leads her on a path she wouldn't normally take. She becomes more flirtatious, acts differently around her guy friends, and on several occasions almost consents to sex. This plot alone wages the question "are teens more likely to become rebellious if they do not have both parents playing a significant role in their life?" When her father returns home, and realizes that Lucy has, for one, driven the car unsupervised after her mother arrives at an interview, and has gone on to kiss several different boys, he becomes mad and very violent out of nowhere. That's his moment to shine; would his anger be so prominent and consuming if he had been home consistently? The only other main character is the mother, whose reckless behavior is almost as bad as her husband's absence. She becomes flirtatious at the office, even so far as to have sex with a co-worker not long after beginning to work there. After finding this out, Lucy can use this as bait to justify her actions rather than be awkwardly silent when he mother ridicules her for her behavior. The character's actions are one big, tangled cycle that only fuel and unintentionally elaborate on each others decisions.

As Cool as I Am asks a lot of questions and, in the end, quietly leaves the audience with deteriorating optimism that maybe Lucy will end up unsatisfied later in life, and at only fourteen, this idea likely hasn't crossed her mind. Writer Virginia Korus Spragg does a smooth job at developing the characters on the surface and subtly evoking commentary on the new generation of kids, many of whom likely to be raised by a more uncertain, rushed generation of people. I see another cycle coming along.

Starring: Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger, and Jon Tenney. Directed by: Max Mayer.

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