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Electrick Children (2012)

R | | Drama | 13 July 2012 (UK)
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Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the "father" of her miracle baby.

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Rebecca Thomas

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Rebecca Thomas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Garner ... Rachel
Liam Aiken ... Mr. Will
Billy Zane ... Paul
Cynthia Watros ... Gay Lynn
Rachel Pirard Rachel Pirard ... Sara
Scott Chamberlain Scott Chamberlain ... Baby Scott
Vincent J. DiGiorgio Vincent J. DiGiorgio ... Johnny Cash Impersonator
Darvez Ballen Darvez Ballen ... Big Bouncer
Rory Culkin ... Clyde
John Patrick Amedori ... Johnny
Thomas Owens Thomas Owens ... Cheese
Johnny Keating Johnny Keating ... Jack R
Cassidy Gard Cassidy Gard ... Snow
Paola Baldion ... Lola
Michael Goldman Michael Goldman ... Folk Singer
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Pregnant by music? Rachel, a young teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon community, believes in immaculate conception, while her fundamentally religious family regards her condition as an intolerable transgression. The search for the child's origins is a revelation for the 15-year-old. Written by Anonymous

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A movie about miracles...

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Rated R for language including brief sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fita Azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Grafton, Utah, USA See more »

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Live Wire Films See more »
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Much of the film takes place in Las Vegas, the director's home town. See more »

Goofs

When Rachel first listens to music on the tape recorder, the play button is not depressed. See more »

Quotes

Gay Lynn: ...But then I felt something... a special kind of feeling that leads you to a specific direction... and then I found it...
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Referenced in Jenny (2016) See more »

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A Gentleman Caller
Written by Tim Kasher, Matt Maginn, Ted Stevens, Clint Schnase & Gretta Cohn
Performed by Cursive
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Strangely intriguing
26 December 2016 | by masonmorgan-92917See all my reviews

Rebecca Thomas' Electrick Children is a generally obscure 2012 film that received very little attention from critics or the general public. Whether or not attention was deserved, Elecktrick Children is a bizarre and sometimes charming visuals-driven story of teen curiosity and adventure in an unknown world. It's quite literally a personal story for director Rebecca Thomas (who was a mainstream Mormon raised in Las Vegas) and it shows as Electrick Children is more of a feast for the senses rather than a cohesive narrative-driven story.

Electrick Children features a cast of talented teenagers with Julia Garner playing the lead. She does an excellent job portraying a naive and curious Mormon experiencing elements of the outside world for the first time. She is perfectly awkward when she needs to be as her innocence and purity makes her character easy to like. The cast includes many other rebellious teenagers but her character is really the only one that gets built upon and developed. This isn't too much of a flaw as the story is really supposed to only be focused on her and her mission, but some development to these supporting characters wouldn't have hurt. Overall, Julia Garner was fantastic and I look forward to seeing her in future titles.

The story, albeit quite simple, is full of wonder but sometimes uneven. The film is heavily stylistic as we witness things through the Mormon teenager's eyes as she gazes in wonderment at things she has never seen before. There is a heavy emphasis on lighting and music, helping to immerse us in the world that this girl is experiencing for the first time. We feel just as lost as her as we meet many different types of people and engage in nefarious juvenile actions. While the film is mostly entertaining, there are noticeable slumps in the pacing. Sometimes there are quite long stretches of slow and tedious drama, and while these sequences are infrequent, it still hurts the films pacing quite a bit. Another issue with Electrick Children is the unsatisfying ending. We get a pretty great third act filled with interesting interactions but all this builds up to an abrupt and inappropriate ending. Many important questions are not answered or even acknowledged, making the film feel unfinished.

Despite the few issues, Electrick Children is a charming and strangely intriguing story of teen curiosity that resonates quite personally with the director, who clearly showed passion in their work here. The story is interesting and mostly well told when it isn't treading too lightly. The great acting from the lead actress and the colorful and dreamy narrative makes Electrick Children an experience that is easy to enjoy despite uneven pacing and poor ending. The themes of teenage angst and rebellion makes the experience a deeply personal one as we can all understand what our lead character is going through. Except for the "pregnancy through music" part.


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