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Sleeping Giant (2015)

Not Rated | | Adventure , Drama | 28 June 2016 (USA)
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While spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior, three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience.

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Andrew Cividino
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Credited cast:
Jackson Martin ... Adam Hudson
Nick Serino Nick Serino ... Nate
Katelyn McKerracher ... Taylor
Reece Moffett Reece Moffett ... Riley
David Disher David Disher ... William Hudson
Rita Serino Rita Serino ... Grandma
Lorraine Philp Lorraine Philp ... Linda Hudson
Kyle Bertrand Kyle Bertrand ... Brad
Erika Brodzky Erika Brodzky ... Marianne
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The Hudsons - husband and wife William and Linda, and their fifteen year old son Adam - are spending the summer, like they have the several recent past summers, at their cottage on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior. William and Linda are still trying to perpetuate them being the perfect family, which they have been able to do as Adam is still closer emotionally to childhood than he is to adulthood and still largely follows parental rules. However, William wants to be both Adam's father and best friend as he is encouraging Adam to pursue Taylor, a similarly aged girl Adam has known forever at the lake. Adam doesn't want to admit to anyone that he does like Taylor in that way, he justifying his non-action by not wanting to ruin their friendship. This summer for the first time, Adam hangs out with cousins Riley and Nate, who are a little rougher around the edges than him. They are spending the summer with their permissive grandmother, Riley living with her permanently since the ... Written by Huggo

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English

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28 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Mean Free Path See more »

Filming Locations:

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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The role of Nate was cast during open auditions in the local area. When they couldn't find the right person to play Riley, Nick Serino suggested his real life cousin, Reece Moffett. See more »

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Featured in 2016 Canadian Screen Awards (2016) See more »

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Good character study
17 June 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

During the summer in a resort area on the northern Ontario shore of Lake Superior, three boys in their early teens hang out together. They include Adam, a quiet boy from a well-off family; Riley a tough boy who lives in a modest home with his grandmother; and Nate, Riley's equally tough cousin who is staying with Riley and their grandmother during the summer.

Knowing that this was yet another boys-coming-of-age movies, my first reaction was "Good God, not ANOTHER one"! But there are some films in this category that stand out among the (seemingly) thousands of others. "Sleeping Giant" is one of them. For one thing, Adam does not go along with the hyper-macho talk of the other boys or the milder macho talk coming from his father. There are more than a few hints that Adam might be gay.

The first half is rather difficult. Nate is so viciously mean-spirited and bullying that the viewer can feel dragged through an endurance test. This is partly because of the accuracy of the portrayal of teenaged bullies. While it is more than tempting to wish Nate harm due to his meanness, these feelings change in the second half when major dramatic turns take place.

Feelings come to the surface during a board-game. This sequence is powerful for many reasons. One is that it is so true-to-life with one character acting as an inconsistent rule enforcer.

The drama that follows is compelling and moving thus making the tough slogging of the first half well worth the experience. There are other fine characterizations as well including Adam's father who is trying to be a father while also trying to appear "cool" to the teenagers.


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