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Mean Creek

Carly Schroeder , Rory Culkin , Jacob Aaron Estes    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carly Schroeder, Rory Culkin, Trevor Morgan
  • Directors: Jacob Aaron Estes
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KY524

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Personally, i think this movie is one of the best I've ever seen, and it's probably my second or third favourite movie. However, I can understand that a lot of people might not like the film. But just because you don't like a film doesn't make it bad.
The thing that defines this movie is it's dialogue. The amount of swearing earned it a high rating in most countries, but the dialogue between teenagers in this film is the best written I've seen in a movie for quite a long time. It's a shame that this has resulted in the high rating because it will exclude a lot of people who are the right age to appreciate what this film is trying to say.
I bought this film recently from America, because it go a release in only three cinemas in the entire of England! It was worth the wait to get it on DVD though -- finally, a movie about young people that isn't stereotypical, Hollywood-ised and badly written, and actually attempts to create characters out of the teenagers instead of some demonised monsters who kill other teenagers, like the kind of thing the media might blow it up into. All credit to Jacob Aaron Estes (writer/director) for bringing a little moral ambiguity into it -- what would you do in this situation? Honestly -- I know what I should do, but I have a strong feeling that if this situation actually happened, I wouldn't actually be thinking about that.
Also, the performances in this movie are incredible. Each of the actors brings their characters to life brilliantly, and credit to Estes for managing to get strong performances from six young actors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mean Creek 5 Mar 2010
By Rosie McCaffrey VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Personally, I can't see where this movie deserves the criticism it seems to be receiving from others' reviews. How can the plot of a movie which is only 86 minutes long be too slow? Maybe the plot doesn't have all the cliche twists & turns that a Hollywood movie about teenagers would, but that's one of the exceptional things about Mean Creek. The whole story flows so naturally, from the performances of the uber talented young cast, to the realistic dialogue, to the eventual tragic conclusion. People who enjoy watching Hollywood interpretations of how adolescence and hormones can create knife-wielding psychopaths out of kids will probably not like this film. This film doesn't exploit its teen characters to serve the plot, unlike slasher films, which are a lot of good fun but cannot be taken seriously. This film is here to make a subtle point on the complexities of adolescence, which is probably best summed up by Trevor Morgan when he says "I don't know what to think", to which Scott Mechlowicz replies "Well if you don't know what to think then maybe you shouldn't be making decisions". When we are teenagers (and I should really be familiar with this because I'm still going through it at 17) we make choices that seem so concretely right one minute, and which seem completely misjudged and wrong the next. It is a time when we are very rarely really in control of our emotions, or are even able to understand their reason. Estes, the debut director and writer of Mean Creek, has used this observation to guide his characters seamlessly through the story wihtout it ever feeling like they are puppets. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally beautiful and disturbing. I love it!. 14 July 2005
By A Customer
I think anyone who has gone through situations of bullying or still are should watch this, it is a heart-breaking movie that wonderfully and graphicly depicts what children sometimes go through with bullying and some even take it to far.
The story starts with Sam (Rory Culkin) who is physically beaten by the overweight bully George (Josh Peck) so his brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and his two friends Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) and Clyde (Ryan Kelley) hatch a plan of harmless revenge by inviting him to sams birthday party on a river trip. They also bring along Sams love interest Millie (Carly Schroder), but when she finds out about the plan everyone decides to call it off, but when one of the members burst out in rage the plan suddenly turns tragic and consequential that they have to live with and it will haunt them for the rest of there lives. Brilliant performances and a emotional movie creating a harrowing tale, WATCH IT!. star rating ***** out of *****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a little more... 13 Jun 2011
This is an excellent film with superb acting from its young cast. I won't repeat the copious praise from other reviewers here as they encapsulate the film better than I can, but I do have one (positive) complaint which prevents me from giving a full 5 stars. The film length is just shy of 90 mins - I feel a 2 hour presentation would not be amiss. Often lengthening a film just unnecessarily pads it out but such is the storytelling skill of the writer and professionalism of the actors I feel certain characters could have been slightly fleshed out - I just want to know more about their backgrounds! Also a slight continuation of some of the characters at the end - what happened to them? What were the consequences of their individual decisions? Of course the basic answer is it leaves it to your imagination...but with storytelling of this quality my imagination would have appreciated a shove in the right direction! Nevertheless, buy this film - you will not regret it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars mean creek dvd would like to have seen it!!
the film stopped after 20 mins and wouldn't play, cannot recommend the film because I never saw it.
this was a used copy and the company had not checked the disc which was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. CANNON
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Was really really good so much better then I remembered great great film is true movie classic great film .
Published 7 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars mean creek, pre owned dvd
All round excellent service, a pre owned dvd that was in perfect condition, very quick delivery, cant fault them in amy way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by jhamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen version of Deliverance but less disturbing
Great film. Very poetic camera shots. Slightly philosophical story line.

If long poetic shots of scenery or emotion are too slow for your mind which has been trained to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melissa Kerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly powerful.
Its a indie film of course, with a Culkin in it, I bought it because it made me feel the same the characters felt if that happened to me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by : D
5.0 out of 5 stars Morbid!
Zoverstocks delivered super fast quality again.

This is a great film. Stand By Me-esque but much darker. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dixiepeach
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok (spoiler incld)
Great acting for once and from such a young cast, I saw the amount of 5 stars it had and was most excited about watching it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by H. L. Chapman
1.0 out of 5 stars Italien!
This film arrived from Italy! the film was in Italien, dubbed - no subtitles. It was not clear that this- originally american film- was in Italien. Couldn't use it at all.
Published 20 months ago by Susanne Overgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Loved this film it was brilliant. The acting was excellent and the film was so moving yet so shocking. I highly recomend it!
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by Mrs. Rosalind A. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning coming of age thriller
The plot of 'Mean Creek' revolves around of a group of kids who plan revenge on a local bully, which ultimately leads to disaster. Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Ernie
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