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Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

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Nick Cassavetes

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Nick Cassavetes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Sonny Truelove
Matthew Barry ... Interviewer (as Matt Barry)
Emile Hirsch ... Johnny Truelove
Fernando Vargas ... Tiko 'TKO' Martinez
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pick Giaimo
Justin Timberlake ... Frankie Ballenbacher
Shawn Hatosy ... Elvis Schmidt
Alex Solowitz ... Bobby '911'
Alec Vigil ... P.J. Truelove
Harry Dean Stanton ... Cosmo Gadabeeti
Frank Cassavetes Frank Cassavetes ... Adrian Jones
Nicole Dubos Nicole Dubos ... Neighborhood Girl on Couch
Regina Rice ... Dance Bitch Girl
Laura Nativo ... Party Girl
Ben Foster ... Jake Mazursky
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Storyline

1999, Claremont, California. Middle-class kids, in their 20s, talk trash, wave guns, hang out in a pack. Johnny Truelove, drug dealer and son of a underworld figure, threatens Jake Mazursky, an explosive head case who owes Johnny money; Jake responds by breaking into Johnny's house. On impulse, Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach. Zach's okay with it, figuring his brother will pay the debt soon. Johnny assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder, and they develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control. Group think, amorality, and fear of prison assert a hold on the pack. Is Zach in danger? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesse James Hollywood See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,412,775, 14 January 2007

Gross USA:

$15,309,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,145,115
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2.35 : 1
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The film was originally to be distributed by New Line Cinema. When they requested edits to the film that the director didn't want to make, they sold the film to Universal Pictures, which delayed release by a year, but kept the film intact. See more »

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Sonny Truelove: You wanna know what this is all about? You can say it's about drugs or guns or disaffected youth, or whatever you like. But this whole thing is about parenting. It's about taking care of your children. You take care of yours, I take care of mine.
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An excellent movie about misguided youth
15 January 2007 | by starlit-skySee all my reviews

When I saw the rating of this movie on IMDb.com, I couldn't believe my eyes. This movie definitely deserves a much better rating (around 7 would be the appropriate rating). This is a story about spoiled, misguided teenagers who do nothing but smoke pot, drink and party. Understandably, all of the teenager characters act in accordance with this care-free life style. So, you should expect this sort of behavior from them (a lot of cursing, violence, sex, drug usage, etc.). I think the director did a terrific job of portraying the setting for this type of life style.

There are two rival parties of youngsters and one guy, Jake Mazursky, owes some money to another guy, Johnny Truelove. Jake is a typical unruly teenager but his younger brother Zack is a nice kid who seems to have a brighter future than his older brother. But when Jake refuses to pay off his debt to Johnny Truelove, they kidnap his younger brother Zack as a hostage. Surprisingly, Zack develops a nice rapport with his kidnappers; being a nice kid, he easily connects even with the unruly kind. He doesn't even seem to be willing to escape from his kidnappers.

This is an excellent film showing the extend of damage that can be caused by the misguided youngsters. They live in a world where even the most stupid acts can be accepted as being "cool" or "desirable". Too much pot smoking and drugs, not enough oxygen in the brain cells. Are these kids really that stupid or are they stupefied by all the drugs they take? I think this is a movie all parents should watch and they should watch it really carefully before things are too late.


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