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12 and Holding (2005)

R | | Drama | 7 July 2006 (Sweden)
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jacob / Rudy Carges
... Leonard Fisher
... Malee Chuang
... Gus Maitland
... Carla Chuang
... Ashley Carges
... Jim Carges
... Grace Fisher
... Patrick Fisher
Michael C. Fuchs ... Kenny (as Michael Fuchs)
... Jeff
Joseph Foster ... Keith Gardner (as Joseph 'C.J.' Foster)
... Tommy
Noelle 'Parker' Present ... Haley Fisher
Jessica Sorto ... Sara Fisher
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

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Do You Know Who Your Kids Are? See more »

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content involving minors, and for language | See all certifications »

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7 July 2006 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El fin de la inocencia  »

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$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,456, 21 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,687, 16 July 2006
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At 48 mins into the movie the game the three children are playing while discussing adoption is called The Game Of Life. See more »

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The apple that the nurse offers Leonard is red but with streaks of green. The apple Leonard takes a bite of is bright red with no streaks and is noticeably larger than the first apple. See more »

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Gus Maitland: When I saw her last night, she had the same look on her face as that little girl. She just wanted me to take her pain away.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Why Not Smile
Written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills (as Michael Mills), Michael Stipe
Performed by R.E.M. (as REM)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Seen at Toronto International Film Festival
16 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is done very well and definitely engaging to watch, but perhaps not quite to my taste.

This is a movie about a tight group of 4 children -- a precocious girl, an overweight boy, and twin brothers, the more out-going who is killed in an accident. The funeral starts the journey of understanding the lives of the remaining 3 -- not only how the family deals with the murdered son/brother, but how the overweight boy deals with his obesity, and how the young girl deals with her mother and absent father.

The heart of the movie really revolves around these near teenagers, and as a result, the coming-of-age experiences are highlighted. At times, I laughed awkwardly, probably out of embarrassment for one of the characters. Nothing wrong with this -- in fact, it's probably what the director was trying to achieve. I was also pulled into the bizarre logic the brother was going through -- through talks with his parents, and even more poignant, some of the very personal kid-to-kid conversations. The visual clues and the inter-actions to parents were all well chosen to create characters that were believable, 3-dimensional and full of conflict. Kudos to the director and actors on this fine work. In particular, the precocious young girl (Zoe Weizenbaum) was well-cast in a very strong, conflicted and convincing performance.

Overall -- well done. This is one of the best 'pre-teen-angst' movies I've seen in a long time.


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