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Mean Creek (2004)

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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director:

Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)

Writer:

Jacob Estes (as Jacob Aaron Estes)
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Sam Merrick
Ryan Kelley ... Clyde
Scott Mechlowicz ... Marty Blank
Trevor Morgan ... Rocky Merrick
Josh Peck ... George Tooney
Carly Schroeder ... Millie
Branden Williams ... Kile
Raissa Fleming Raissa Fleming ... Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood Heath Lourwood ... Jasper
Ryan Peterson Ryan Peterson ... Cashier
Michael Fisher-Welsh Michael Fisher-Welsh ... Mr. Levinworth
J.W. Crawford ... Tom (as James W. Crawford)
Shelly Lipkin ... Mr. Merrick
Kaz Garas ... Detective Wright
Hagai Shaham Hagai Shaham ... Handsome Police Officer
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Storyline

When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? Written by Seth Waters *AshTFrankFurter2*

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Taglines:

You can never go back. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A harag sodrása See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,170, 22 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$603,951
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Whitewater Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Rory Culkin tries to coax Trevor Morgan to call off the prank, we eventually see 'Josh Peck''s character interrupt him and then scratch his head (at around 28 mins). Scratching his head was Scott Mechlowicz's cue to say his line. See more »

Goofs

When Marty pushes Sam and Millie's heads together. His cigarette is in his hand (at around 16 mins), then in his mouth (at around 29 mins) and finally back in the hand (at around 34 mins). See more »

Quotes

George: [Josh sets his camera down and starts shooting baskets on the basketball court; Sam notices Josh's camera and picks it up, looking at it]
[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing?
[knocks over Sam; the camera falls over a fence and lands on the ground, only showing Josh in frame fighting over Sam]
George: You're a punk, Sam! I ought to kill you!
[kids start gathering around the scene]
George: You fucking dickhead! I told you to never touch my camera!
Sam: Stop!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »

Connections

References Stand by Me (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Poison
Written by Wayne Kramer
Performed by Lost Goat
Courtesy of Lost Goat
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Makes "Thirteen" look bad
12 November 2004 | by jsemoviemanSee all my reviews

Mean Creek ***1/2/out of 4

"Mean Creek" has the most accurate depiction of teen life and adolescence I've ever seen in a movie. Unlike "Thirteen", which is stereotypical and tries to give answers and resolutions, "Mean Creek" sticks out in the teen-life genre as a beauty. The young actors and actresses do a great job, but Carly Schroeder as Millie is the best. She gets to your gut as the innocent kid who's in the wrong place at the wrong time.

One of the most memorable parts for me in the movie is when the Bully, George, is filming with his camcorder and zooms in on an exotic spiral shape, saying "This is my life". That's such a brilliant line because adolescence is such a horrible and awkward stage in life. High schoolers (being one myself) are filled with an assortment of emotions and feelings and "Mean Creek" portrays that with such power.

Like "Deliverance", the film is focused on a canoe trip that goes completely wrong and "Mean Creek " has some themes that "Deliverance" has. Jacob Aaron Estes is a director who is off to a great start-making films that are completely honest in every way.


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