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The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 August 2003 (Australia)
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An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves

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Tony McNamara

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Tony McNamara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Brooking Jordan Brooking ... Young Placid
Ben Lee ... Placid Lake
Rose Byrne ... Gemma Taylor
Miranda Richardson ... Sylvia Lake
Lucas Fraccaro Lucas Fraccaro ... Bull (5 years old)
Cruise Moylan Cruise Moylan ... Angus (5 years old)
Zan Cross Zan Cross ... Lachie (5 years old)
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Doug Lake
Eleeza Hooker Eleeza Hooker ... Young Gemma
Yesse Spence Yesse Spence ... Jenny (as Jesse Spence)
Simone Cullinan Simone Cullinan ... Sharon
Socratis Otto ... Bozo
Toby Schmitz ... Bull
Nathaniel Dean ... Lachie
Stephen James King Stephen James King ... Angus
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Storyline

Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his new age parents the most--go straight! With a few weeks spent reading a library of self-help manuals, Placid has it all sorted out--and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it. Can Placid Lake retire his rage in the pursuit of beige; embrace conformity and leap on the fast track to corporate success. Will his 'brainiac' friend Gemma be able to talk him out of this economic rationalist madness? And will poor Doug and Sylvia survive the ignominy of having a son with a burgeoning future in insurance? Never underestimate the evil of banality. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Placid Lake isn't your usual rebel. He wants to work in insurance. See more »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Virada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Placid Lake: I try to find the positives in my experiences
Young Placid: [dressed in a frilly dress for his first day of school, and about to be pushed onto the playground by his hippie mother] Mummy, I *can't*.
Sylvia Lake: Darling, just remember you're challenging their pre-conceived notions of sexuality.
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Featured in Getaway: Getaway to the Music (2007) See more »

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Yellow Envelope
Written by Claireanne Browne and Jan Skubiszewski
Performed by Jacket
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Quite enjoyable, actually
6 March 2005 | by adil-ahamatSee all my reviews

I found this movie to be pretty good. While the jokes weren't hilariously funny, they were still worth a fair few laughs.

The acting was quite good, surprisingly including the singer Ben Lee;

The cinematography worked quite well with the general mood. Some of the camera work was imperfect, but that sort of added to the character of the film. Some of the shots were actually quite good

So it didn't do so well in the box office. It wasn't the sort of film you associate with box office takings. This is a film that makes you laugh and then makes you think. I really like that, and I love how much I felt for the characters at the end. For me, that character empathy is what makes a movie good, not how many dollars it made

Overall, an interesting film that throws an interesting twist on the teen movie and the Australian comedy


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