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The Naked Ape is a coming-of-age film following three teenagers on a road trip across the Pacific Southwest.

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Daniel Mellitz

Writer:

Daniel Mellitz
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Josh Wise ... Alex
Chelse Swain ... Susie
Sean Shanks ... James
Amanda MacDonald Amanda MacDonald ... Kristie
Tony LaThanh ... Eric
Corbin Bernsen ... Mr. Feldman
Toni Turpen Toni Turpen ... Mrs. Jansen
Carlos A. Cabarcas Carlos A. Cabarcas ... Elvino
Brishel Prichard Brishel Prichard ... Beth
Jerry Lamont Jerry Lamont ... Kristie's Father
Joshua Boyd ... Garret
Melanie A. Allen Melanie A. Allen ... White Castles Cashier
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ... Convenience Store Clerk
LeAnne Lynch LeAnne Lynch ... Waitress
Price Carson ... Truant Officer #1
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The Naked Ape is a coming-of-age film following three teenagers on a road trip across the Pacific Southwest.

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Baker, California, USA See more »

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Color
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Losing You
Written by A.M.
Performed by A.M.
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Multi layered coming of age film...
17 April 2007 | by james-coxallSee all my reviews

The Naked Ape suffered from a slow start and stumbled through the majority of the script in a stop-start fashion. However, in the final act everything came together. This film assumes a level of intelligence and attention in its audience normally lacking from teen road movies and demands that you read between the lines. It is definitely worth sticking with this movie until the end although I will admit that this does take some effort at times.

Tony LaThanh and Corbin Bernsen provide definite highlights and both Josh Wise and Chelse Swain handle their lead roles with aplomb. Sean Shanks, however, did not shine as the domineering James but I felt this was more due to some clunking characterisation in the script than a fault of the actor.

Overall, The Naked Ape is a good and thoughtful film, but I came away wishing that Daniel Mellitz, on debut here as both writer and director, had given the script one final polish. That said, Mellitz has outshone a good 90% of debut directors and I await his next project with interest.


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