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Hick (2011)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 11 May 2012 (USA)
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A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.


Derick Martini


Andrea Portes (screenplay), Andrea Portes (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Luli
Christopher Coakley ... Kid #1
Kelsey Walston Kelsey Walston ... Kid #2
Anson Mount ... Nick
Juliette Lewis ... Tammy
Tim Parati ... Male Barfly
Robert Baker ... Ray
Bob Stephenson ... Lux (as Robert J. Stephenson)
Eddie Redmayne ... Eddie
Blake Lively ... Glenda
Leon Lamar ... Clerk
Jonathan Cornick Jonathan Cornick ... Cop #2 (as Jon Cornick)
Brian Avery Galligan ... EMT
Shaun Sipos ... Blane
Dartanian Sloan ... Angel


A young teenage girl escapes her life in Nebraska and her alcoholic parents, taking a pistol along for the ride. Along the way she meets Glenda, who takes her under her wing. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trouble travels together


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing content involving a teen, violence, drug use, language and drinking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caipira See more »

Filming Locations:

Reidsville, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Colin Farrell was considered for a role, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


[first lines]
Male student: [walking past her] Bar baby!
Female student: Yeah, I heard she was born in a bar.
Luli McMullen: [narrating] You could shake your knuckles at the sky. You could get mad and say, "I don't got nothing." You could get stuck.
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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »


Crimson And Clover
Written By Tommy James and Peter P. Lucia Jr.
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
By Arrangement With Blackhearts Records Group, Inc.
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Not without flair
29 June 2012 | by arrowhead12272See all my reviews

But and there is a big BUT here, it is a far inferior story than Martini's "Lymelife", which I have also recently seen. Lymelife drove me to this movie with very high expectations. Maybe too high? It actually pained me to watch the flaws in Hick directly after viewing "Lymelife". I do not regret discovering this director's work and I do not regret seeing "Hick". I just felt like the (for lack of a better word) "scenarios" in "Hick" were wildly far- fetched. Like "Lymelife", Martini pulls magnificent performances from all of his cast. Juliette Lewis for instance is stuck playing a role that is so not even close to the reality of what a bad mother is but Martini plays to her strengths and. like the rest of the cast, creates more enigmatic characters, which feels like a director straining to "sell" characters that don't work. It's a noble effort, and it shockingly succeeds in most cases. Take Chloe Moretz as Luli. It's her story. The director makes it very clear that it is hers and only hers so you are forced to see other people how she sees them. Which is ambiguous. That's where it works best. Where it fails is when you understand all too clearly who these people are supposed to be as written. Simply, they are poorly written and when push comes to shove, there's only so much a director, cinematographer and great soundtrack can do to save the day. Again, Hick is not without merits, and it is strikingly emotional and beautifully done at times. Especially the work of Eddie and Luli and Glenda. Martini has a gift with actors, but he has to recognize that without the proper writing, he cannot win. I was not shocked to see that this was not his material, but that doesn't get him a "pass". As shown in "Lymelife", he is a writer comparable to a young Kenneth Lonergan and to me that makes the end result of this movie even more unacceptable. I except much better.

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