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Archie's Final Project (2009)

My Suicide (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 23 September 2011 (USA)
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A teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school.

Director:

David Lee Miller

Writers:

Eric J. Adams (screenplay), David Lee Miller (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Vargas
Mariel Hemingway ... Charlotte Silver
Brooke Nevin ... Sierra Silver
Nora Dunn ... Gretchen Williams
Michael Welch ... Earl
Zachary Ray Sherman ... Corey
Vanessa Lengies ... Mallory
Gabriel Sunday ... Archibald Holden Buster Williams
Tony Hale ... Carmelo Peters - LCSW
Joe Mantegna ... Indian Psychiatrist
Sandy Martin ... Mrs. Ellis
Tim Halligan ... Mr. Silver
Steven Anthony Lawrence ... Brainiac
Stephen Sowan ... Stoner
Robert Kurcz Robert Kurcz ... Daryl Williams
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Storyline

Archie Williams is a 17-year old media geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He has announced that he's going to kill himself- on camera- for a class project. His classmates, parents, Sierra- the most beautiful girl in school, and a "Shady Bunch" of shrinks, doctors, pill-pushers, and counselors descend on Archie. Some are hoping to save him, some want to imitate him, others try to push him over the brink. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, hiding nothing from his audience: realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers. Written by Steven Jay Rubin, Executive Producer

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A self-inflicted comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Archie's Final Project See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vanessa Lengies turned down the role in The Grudge 2 (2006) to do this film. Teresa Palmer replaced her. See more »

Goofs

The folders on the floor of the LCSW's office disappear and reappear between takes. See more »

Quotes

Vargas: Salvation is on every street corner and you take one space or you give it.
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References Network (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Vagabond
Written by Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross & Myles Heskett
Performed by Wolfmother
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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A must see for teens and adults
21 April 2009 | by mpainter-1See all my reviews

I saw a screening of this film about a year ago, when it was still being fine-cut, but it still contained an emotional intensity which stayed with me for days after. Stylistically, the film is constantly engaging. It switches between documentary-style footage shot by the main character and a combination of animation and roto-scoping techniques that give the film a unique look and feel. The true achievement of this film is that it deals with teenage depression, apathy, escapism, and violence in a way that engages both teens and adults. The film avoids devolving into melodrama, which considering the subject material, is a feat unto itself. Without giving too much away, this film shatters preconceptions about issues (especially the cliché of the suburban American teen who is disconnected from reality) which have been depicted in many films, but have not been treated in a mature fashion.


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