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The Flats (2002)

The Flats

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The writing and directing debut of brothers Kelly and Tyler Requa, The Flats is a coming-of-age comedy drama set in the rural Northwest by Puget Sound. In the last days of summer, charismatic Harper (Chad Lindberg) spends most of his time partying and hanging out with his best friend, law student Luke (Sean Christensen). During one of his many drunken stunts, Harper gets arrested for vandalism and must decide whether to serve his sentence or escape. In his week left of freedom, he drinks away his time with a circle of joking friends, including Tully (Luc Reynaud), Kate (Cristen Coppen), and Mark (Danny Pickering). Eventually, Harper meets Luke's girlfriend Paige (Jade Herrera) and a romance follows that may cause a conflict between the two friends. Originally shot on Super 16 mm, The Flats features a folk-rock score composed by star Christensen.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kelly Requa, Tyler Requa
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On DVD: Aug 1, 2006
Runtime:
Boondoggle Productions

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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

A dialog-rich story with a strong sense of place that will remind you of Diner.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Flats

Earnest drama of rural post-adolescents doesn't stake out much new territory -- except geographically, in its use of unusual Northwest settings -- but it also avoids most pitfalls of the coming-of-age genre.

The Flats is a slow-paced film that gradually speeds to the finish. The characters are confused while growing into adulthood. The film is quiet and dialogue heavy. A group of friends spend time before one of them has to report to jail. The boys do regular things as girls become the center. The film is set in the Northwest, and the landscape is well used. The DVD is hard to find and not well put together, but the film is well worth watching for a glimpse at the everyday written as a poem.

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