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Megan Is Missing (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | May 2011 (USA)
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Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator.

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Michael Goi

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Michael Goi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Perkins Amber Perkins ... Amy Herman
Rachel Quinn Rachel Quinn ... Megan Stewart
Dean Waite Dean Waite ... Josh
Jael Elizabeth Steinmeyer Jael Elizabeth Steinmeyer ... Lexie
Kara Wang ... Kathy
Brittany Hingle Brittany Hingle ... Chelsea
Carolina Sabate Carolina Sabate ... Angie
Trigve Hagen Trigve Hagen ... Gideon
Rudy Galvan Rudy Galvan ... Ben
April Stewart ... Joyce Stewart
John K. Frazier ... Bill Herman (as John Frazier)
Tammy Klein ... Louise Herman
Lauren Leah Mitchell ... Callie Daniels
Jon Simonelli Jon Simonelli ... Detective Simonelli
Craig Stoa Craig Stoa ... Leif Marcus
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Megan Stewart, 14, and her best friend Amy Herman, 13, though opposites in personality, are best friends. Megan carries the front of being the most popular girl in school, but this masks a lifestyle of hard partying, drugs, alcohol and indiscriminate sex. Amy, unpopular and socially awkward, clings to her relationship with Megan as a lifeline to social acceptance. Together, these two young girls forge a deep friendship based on their mutual needs. The two girls regularly communicate by web chat cameras or cell phone, and even meet boys online. As Megan seeks friends who are different from her usual posse of hanger-ons, she is introduced by a friend online to a 17 year-old boy named Josh in a chat room. Megan and Josh bond quickly, leaving Amy feeling a bit left out. One day, Megan goes to meet Josh in person, and she is never seen again. Amy launches into a concentrated effort to find her friend. As the media swirls around the story of Megan's disappearance, Amy discovers the ... Written by Michael Goi

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Megan and Amy are best friends. They share secrets. They chat with guys online. And in a few days, they will never be seen again.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Shot in 2006 over a week with a skeleton crew of five for a budget of $30,000 to $35,000, but wasn't released until 2011 by Anchor Bay Films. See more »

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After Megan arranges the date with Josh, she gets on a video chat with Amy. Just before Amy's video feed pops up, Michael Goi can be heard calling, "Action!" See more »

Quotes

Josh: [meeting Megan online] Hello, hot chick.
Megan Stewart: Hi, skaterdude.
Josh: My name's Josh.
Megan Stewart: I know.
Josh: Uh, how'd you know that?
Megan Stewart: My friend Lexie gave me your address.
Josh: Well, that was nice of her.
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References The Good Shepherd (2006) See more »

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Oh. Dear.
11 May 2011 | by Gladys_PymSee all my reviews

Where on EARTH do you start.

First, I'm not an apologist for abuse - I'm a therapist who works, every day, with abuse and trauma. So I really GET an attempt to explore this issue - and warn - from the victim's point of view.

And, to be fair, filming this in 8 days? Remarkable.

But...

I'm left with all kinds of icky feelings. True, Megan is pretty unbearable. She's become a bit slutty, offering what she CAN offer to boys because she can - because it doesn't matter that much (enough) to her, and that first harrowing trivial hour makes it clear what made her life, her body, less important to her than it should have been.

And Amy? Well, she's annoying, and a bit too squeaky clean, but this is annoyingly tangled up with her own self image, when in fact it's Megan's self image that is really more impaired.

The artifice of the whole film being webcam, 'phone and video is clever. Clever as in cheap, and amateurish, which works.

But that last 22 minutes. Well. Sadly, it's better shot than the previous hour, it's boring in places, (digging is NOT good cinema), and, all in all, it left me, (leaves me), feeling hollow, and empty.

There is a claim, at the start of the film, that this is based on a true story, but I've looked, hard, and can't find any proof.

There's a terribly upsetting "Every day 2000 parents say..." about abduction. Gleaned from the Klass site. But on the very next line on the Klass site, this number is diminished, and also made less clear (ie. NOT juvenile).

I don't know. I don't want to damn this film, and I don't want to pretend abuse isn't a terrible thing. It's just that my sense is, somewhere, the director got lost, and the producers didn't say so.

I admire that this is being done - ie an attempt to raise the issue. AND that the film was clearly made on a shoestring, in 8 days. But 22 year old actresses just don't (can't) look 13, and simply because abused girls don't LOOK like they have any depth doesn't mean they don't HAVE any depth.

This isn't a complete damning of this film. 'Enjoy' would be wrong, but I watched it, at least. It's just - I don't know... It could have been so much better, and it could STILL have been filmed in 8 days.


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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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