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Mean Creek
     

Mean Creek

4.7 4
Director: Jacob Aaron Estes

Cast: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz

 
Independent filmmaker Jacob Aaron Estes makes his feature debut with the coming-of-age drama Mean Creek. Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Josh Peck, Trevor Morgan, and Carly Schroeder are teenagers living in small-town Oregon. Some of the boys take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully,

Overview

Independent filmmaker Jacob Aaron Estes makes his feature debut with the coming-of-age drama Mean Creek. Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Josh Peck, Trevor Morgan, and Carly Schroeder are teenagers living in small-town Oregon. Some of the boys take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their actions. Mean Creek was workshopped at the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the American Spectrum program.

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Of all the films that deal with the slippery morality of youth -- Kids and Thirteen come to mind -- Mean Creek is one of the few that does more in the name of complicated truth than simplistic shock value. Writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes really has something to say here, and thank goodness, it's not that teens left unsupervised become sociopaths. The bully at the center of Estes' captivating debut is alternately annoying and congenial, just like any precocious mid-teen -- and not unlike the teens who plot to teach him a lesson. Estes has a remarkably assured sense of the balance between kids' antisocial public persona and their underlying decency, and how peer posturing can cause that joking aggression to morph into something real and ugly. Estes also has an ear for their dialogue, and his occasional use of digital video (the bully is never without his DV camera) lends the film a palpable sense of realism. A good script and some astute symbolism wouldn't fly without strong performances, and Mean Creek has these as well. In direct contrast to his straight-laced work in Eurotrip, Scott Mechlowicz simmers as the rebellious instigator, and Rory Culkin shows the chops displayed by his older brother Kieran (but, alas, not his older brother Macaulay). As the lone girl on the boating trip, the impossibly innocent-looking Carly Schroeder has her own strong moments of moral weakness. They all contribute to giving the potentially clunky, overly literal title a secondary meaning: these kids may be mean, as in cruel, but they're also mean, as in...average.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0097363443346
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director and cast; Storyboards; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; Dolby Digital English 2.0 surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rory Culkin Sam
Ryan Kelley Clyde
Scott Mechlowicz Marty
Trevor Morgan Rocky
Josh Peck George
Carly Schroeder Millie

Technical Credits
Jacob Aaron Estes Director,Screenwriter
Michael Cottrell Sound/Sound Designer
Madeleine Gavin Editor
Betsy Goslin Art Director
Susan Johnson Producer
Matthew Lessall Casting
Dessie Markovsky Associate Producer
Greg McMickle Production Designer
Sharone Meir Cinematographer
Cynthia Morrill Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacob Mosler Asst. Director,Co-producer
Ryan Peterson Associate Producer
Deborah del Prete Executive Producer
Gigi Pritzker Executive Producer
Emile Razpopov Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Rosenthal Producer
Hagai Shaham Producer
Nancy Stephens Executive Producer
Tomandandy Score Composer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Don't Touch My Camera! [4:03]
2. If You Could Snap Your Fingers... [2:10]
3. Millie's Questions [6:02]
4. Making a Documentary [1:48]
5. Into the Woods [3:50]
6. A Beautiful Day [1:04]
7. Truth or Dare [3:57]
8. The Aftermath [1:46]
9. The Burial [5:41]
10. Going Home [7:06]
11. George's Last Video [1:29]
12. End Credits [7:13]

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film goes down deeper into the as far as the whole, bad trick goes very wrong, francise goes. Unlike all movies pertaining to this situation, this film shows more in depth emotion, such as the realization period that took place after the inncident and before the plan. (The big silence that used facial expressions and so much more to convey how they felt deep inside their minds) A phenominal film that has a first class cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. It made me cry. The acting,music and cinimatogerphy was great! This one is worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the first half of the film was marred by stilted dialogue. It felt as if the writer was trying too hard to sound 'teenage' and authentic. Some sweet moments do slip through though, and the last half of the movie totally redeems any previous shortcomings. It would have been interesting to see some of the themes of the last half developed more, but overall this is a very fine film. I was particularly impressed with the cast and the stunning cinematography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago