An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves

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Tony McNamara

Writer:

Tony McNamara
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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
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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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Naked
Written by Ben Lee
Published by BMG Music Publishing Australian Pty Ltd
Performed by Ben Lee
Modular Recordings 2002
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Australia
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aren't all Aussie movies bad
7 February 2005 | by the_crockSee all my reviews

I am constantly surprised by good reviews for Australian movies. Aren't we in the middle off a recession we had to have, why is it so easy for Australians to bag movies like take away and the wannabes, but when a good one comes along like this, we sit ashen faced and let inbred morons hope working dog make the castle 2.

stand up for Australian cinema. what other country in the world would try and make a movie star out of Mick Molloy. He's not Jewish or a Scientologist, but he's still a matinée idol in Australia.

If this movie was set in new jersey it would be an award winning movie that moves a generation, we don't need America's seal of approval on our movies. As long as we like them who gives a f*&k.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rage in Placid Lake See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$284,808
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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