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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


Tony McNamara


Tony McNamara
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Doug Lake
Eleeza Hooker Eleeza Hooker ... Young Gemma
Yesse Spence ... Jenny (as Jesse Spence)
Simone Cullinan Simone Cullinan ... Sharon
Socratis Otto Socratis Otto ... Bozo
Toby Schmitz ... Bull
Nathaniel Dean ... Lachie
Stephen James King Stephen James King ... Angus


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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[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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from Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 21 in C major, K467
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Jenõ Jandó, Concentus Hungaricus and András Ligeti
Under license from Naxos
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America did love this Australian movie (at least i did)
26 July 2005 | by magikmike34See all my reviews

i have been in love with Australian cinema for years. it all started with "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" & "Muriel's Wedding". it then continued with films like "Love & Other Catastrophes", "Hotel De Love", "Cosi" & "Garage Days". (not sure if those were the Australian titles for all of these films or not.) the problem is that America doesn't get a lot of Australian films to choose from. even American made independent films have a hard time making it to theatres. the overload of bad Hollywood films makes it hard for anything to make it to the screen. we have to either rent them on DVD or watch them on channels like IFC or Sundance, and now we have Logo. i know Ben Lee is a household name in Australia, but in America he is still relatively unknown. (which is just unfortunate for America.) i recently saw him in concert opening for Aimee Mann. he blew me away. once i got home i checked out his website and that's when i learned about "The Rage in Placid Lake". i rented it thinking that he would have just enough charisma as an actor to make it entertaining. instead he blew me away again. i was also pleased to see Miranda Richardson in this also. she is such an incredible actress. i would love to find out about more great Australian films that i should see. so if anyone out there can recommend some, please do. and as far as recommendations go, it said somewhere on here if you liked "The Rage In Placid Lake" that you should see "Kindergarten Cop". wow, i am not sure how that conclusion was made. if you did see this and liked it, check out some of the titles i mentioned above instead. some similarly themed American films you might check out are "The United States of Leland", "Garden State", "The Battle of Shaker Heights" and yes even "Napoleon Dynamite". and if you like good music check out Ben Lee in concert (i get to see him again soon, with Ben Folds & Rufus Wainwright) or get his CD "Awake is the New Sleep".

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28 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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