Hick Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 28, 2013
three stars
Super Reviewer
January 13, 2013
A coming of age story about Luli, a 13-year-old girl who decides to run off to Las Vegas after her parents abandon her. Events along the way will force her to grow up. This is not a feel good film. This is a film about the likely consequences of a teenage runaway. Because of this there are a few scenes which are inappropriate for younger viewers. There are two implied near rape scenes against the girl (the only thing shown is the girl getting pushed around). This film has been getting trashed by most reviewers and I cannot really understand why. The acting is terrific, particularly Chloe Grace Moretz as Luli. The story was compelling. The only fault with the movie is its screenplay which moves the story along much too slowly. Direction is fine, if unspectacular and the director does what he can. The main issue with the movie is that their are too many characters being introduced who seem like they are important and than removed from the film. Still, this movie is very good for the performances alone and worth a watch 4 stars
Super Reviewer
½ September 30, 2012
Mostly liked this. The story jumps around a little and can be hard to follow, but it's interesting and cast all put in good performances. I tend up like little movies set in small town USA and this ticks most of the boxes. The ending was a surprise I didn't see coming. Not a twist exactly, more a wtf just happened?! Chloe is great, I think she's been impressive in all I have seen her in. Blake is also good here, very different role for her, but she pulls it off.
Ending a little vague and possibly disturbing considering this girl is 13, but I guess she grew up fast and life at home not great, so not going to judge.
Overall worth a watch if you like indie films and don't need it all spelt out for you.
Super Reviewer
½ April 28, 2012
This is a trashy and lurid road movie that, while not as exploitative as I thought it would be, is also a lot more meandering, uneven, and underwhelming than I thought it might be, too.

The plot follows a young and naive girl from a small Nebraska town who leaves her dysfunctional family behind to try to make it in Las Vegas. Along the way she meets some colorful characters, almost all of them being the wrong kind of people.

This is the sort of brazen indie film I get drawn to once in a while, because it seems like it will be edgy, and definitely risk taking since it features such a young performer playing a character in the center of all kinds of messed up stuff, but unfortunately this one comes off as a dud.

I liked that it didn't get too over the top and sleazy, but what it gave up in that department, it made up for with a little too much meandering and boredom. The film isn't unwatchable, and the performances do show that people were trying, and there's some good needle drops, but even then, this film is just kinda blah.

There's lots of notable names, but many of them aren't given much to work with, and it makes me question their inclusion here. Also, while I don't mind it sometimes, there's really not much of a point to this movie, so it basically just becomes an exercise in seeing a young girl try to deal with crappy situations over and over for about 90 minutes, with no real lesson being learned.

The set up had potential, but I'll just chalk this one up to bad execution, and wish everyone involved the best of luck.
Super Reviewer
½ August 20, 2012
A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Not so great! I think that the script it's good but sometimes the movie can get tired because it has unnecessary scenes. Chloe did a fantastic job of acting, as usual. Her portrayal of a charming, street-smart yet semi-innocent teenage girl is visually and emotionally gripping. The film as a whole will probably not be up for any awards, especially given its indie status and almost obsolete promotion. I can't recommend that the average moviegoer check out this film, maybe not even the average Chloe Moretz fan. But if you're up for a road film centered on a young girl who learns to literally pull herself up by her bootstraps and survive countless things, from abandonment to rape to kidnapping and so on, it could be worth your time.

Smalltown teenager Luli (ChloŽ Grace Moretz) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (Blake Lively), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs, seduction and murder.
Super Reviewer
½ March 21, 2013
Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively star in Hick, a dark and provocative indie film. The story follows a 13-year-old runaway headed for Las Vegas who takes up with a grifter. The film deals with some dark material (such as drug abuse and rape), making for some gritty and disturbing scenes. Yet, Moretz has enough charisma to keep the audience engaged. Hick is a nebulous film that doesn't have a clear story, but there are some interesting performances.
Super Reviewer
March 3, 2013
Hick is a movie that wants you to take it seriously, but lacks the execution necessary in order for that to happen. It has the familiar theme of a precocious young girl who comes from a troubled background, meeting people of similar vulnerability.

The premise itself, leaving home and the people you meet on the way, is enjoyable enough, but feels disjointed in the narrative, which doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. The film constantly calls back to other films, and apparently tries to embody them, but without a consistent tone. It's sometimes dramatic, quirky, 'romantic' (in quotes for a definite reason), and other times more introspective, but it never seems to really deliver on any of those elements. This is partly a symptom of the script, to be sure, which tries desperately to fit too many things in with far too many homages, and the direction, which feels unfocused.

The performances are also sporadic. Chloe Moretz is certainly charismatic and talented, but feels awkward and not properly directed in her role here. That she's matched with Eddie Redmayne, an actor with no discernible screen presence whatsoever, doesn't help. What was especially disappointing were the wasted roles of Alex Baldwin and Juliette Lewis, who got very little screen time.

For it's faults, Hick does aim for something higher than it ultimately delivers, and it deserves credit for that. It's themes do resonate on certain levels, and there's a number of good scenes to be had, and, at its heart, it's a good story. Unfortunately, however, it simply lacks any real polish.

2/5 Stars
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ August 21, 2012
"Dirty Girl 2: On the Road Again". Yeah, maybe they came out with the sequel a bit too soon, and I really do mean "too" soon, by, maybe about five years or something, because as hot as early twentysomewthing Juno Temple was as Danielle, it was discomforting enough knowing that she was playing a sexualized teenagr, and now, for the recast, they actually got a teengar. Okay, seriously though, this film isn't at all a sequel to "Dirty Girl", for although it is also about a teenaged girl of redneck roots meeting colorful and also troubled people while on a life-changing adventure, there are still plenty of differences, one of which being that, this time, the teen girl in Daisy Dukes and a belly shirt actually is less than sixteen. Now, quite honestly, I'm certain that ChloŽ Moretz is going to grow into a very attractive woman, and plus, it's not like she's coming even mildly close to going the way of Dakota Fanning in "Hound Dog", though with all of the short clothing and the occasional piece of either sexual or romantic tension with grown men, maybe they should have shelved this film for, as I said, about five years or so, or actually gotten an early twentysomething to play the Luli McMullen character, because I think any kind of miscast would be pretty much redeemed by this film's getting Eddie Redmayne to play a drifter of the South. Looking at his appearances, the Brit was born to play, well, Matt Damon and Angie Jolie's son, and now that he's gotten that out of the way, he can fulfill his destiny of putting that big mouth and rather rough-looking skin to some good use and between a cowboy hat and blazer. Wow, just looking at ChloŽ Moretz and Eddie Redmayne, as well as Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin, Juliette Lewis and Rory Culkin, this is quite the cast for a film that nearly no one is seeing and is getting some major heat from the two or three people who actually did see it. Really, I've got to say that I'm actually pretty surprised at just how bad the reviews on this film actually are, though more surprising things have definately happened, for although I find the negative reviews to still be somewhat unjust, seeing as how I'm one of, well, just who actually likes this film, the wardrobe lineup for Moretz isn't the only thing uneasing thing about this film.

The film has been criticised by some for boasting an ineffective and rather unfitting atmosphere of moderate surrealism, and really, outside of one brief throwaway scene in which ChloŽ Moretz's Luli McMullen character, for some reason, trips way out after one quick huff of nail polish, I have absolutely no idea what in the world these people are talking about, unless of course the reason why these people think that the film is surrealistic is because they've watched way too much Terrence Malick and automatically associate surrealism with dryness, as this film, with all of its promises of intensity, just ends up drying up within mere moments into its beginning, and rarely rehydrates from then on. That being said, the film ever so rarely, if ever descends as low as dull, though pick-up is certainly not much more prevalent, for although the film has its moments, on the whole, there's not a whole lot of spark in air, leaving the film to have plenty of moments where it loses you quite quickly amidst a consistent limpness, made worse by story structure that is almost as do-little. Ironic how this film is about drifers, because it itself is one drifter of a film, floating along its episodic storyline in a fashion that feels rather under-inspired, yet is never structurally uneven, as the story structure dynamicity and, to a certain degree, storytelling dynamicity are so limited that it's hard to feel all that much progression in the film, for although there is certainly some default degree of progression to be felt, there's not enough of it to keep the film from limping along, even on paper, with a major culprit behind this limpness being the film's often slapdashing through, if at all featuring climax in its segments and flesh-out in its segment transitions, which not only creates some plotholes, but leaves each segment to run together and render the film both repetitious and with little pick-up. Of course, just because a film's story structure goes rather lacking in dynamicity, that doesn't necessarily mean that it can't have tonal dynamicity, though this film stands as a bit of back-up to the theory that tonal dynamicity in a hardly structurally dynamic film is still actually pretty lacking. The film's tone rarely takes turns, yet when it does, it gives the film some livliness, though not a whole lot, not just because the atmospheric dryness tends to stay, but because the new tones rarely last, as the film hits its points where it could turn fairly intense, only to, partially with the help of the aforementioned plotholes, somewhat awkwardly make a perhaps too sudden return to less relatively lively tones and further dilute the film's consequential feel. Now, again, as much as it limps along and makes many a messy story move, the film is rarely all that dull and ultimately comes out hardly warranting weak reviews, let alone the panning its been getting, yet it just so rarely breaks out of somewhat bland, drifting along without making an impression, or at least not terribly deep impressions, until, by the end, with all of its high points, it just comes out as not much more than simply average. Still, as I said, the film has its high points, and quite a few to keep you going, for although the film is too average to be anything less or more than just average, it has a decent hit for every unfortunate miss.

Now, director Derick Martini hardly puts his all into this film, and were he to give it a bit more weight and quite a bit more intrigue, it probably would have squeaked through as genuinely good, yet as things stand, there's a certain charm within this film's workmanlike attitude, for although this film makes promises that it doesn't quite have the guts to deliver on, it lacks pretense and boasts a consistent, surprisingly rather striking charm about it, and that's just about the only reason why this film's dull spots are so scarce, if not nonexistent. This film's soundtrack certainly helps with that, for although tunes aren't much less scarce than dull spots, the film takes on a certain livliness and particular momentary entertainment value when it does kick on some classic tunes. Outside of the rarely used soundtrack and consistent charm, what keeps this film going is simply its subject matter, for although the film's concepts behind a primary plot about a young girl coming of age during her experiences with colorful, mature and potentially dangerous people go betrayed by their execution in both the scripting and directorial departments, they remain rather fascinating and create a certain default hint of intrigue that, when complimented by the relatively livlier occasions of storytelling, create the occasional moment that may not be too effective, yet remains reasonably effective enough to give this film a moment of weight and supplementation to the consistent moderate intrigue. The story structure's and storytelling's primarily relying upon the workmanlike standards of its aspects certainly adds to it the film's blandness, yet give it the charm and moderate intrigue needed to sustain your attention more often than, while the performers come in and further sustains your attention, for although there's very little for our performers to do, this is still a strong cast of talents who do a fine and reasonably engaging job of what they are asked to do, whether it be a quickly dismissed Juliette Lewis as the concerned mother and loveless wife or the somewhat underused Blake Lively as the initially, well, "lively" spirit plagued by the demons and bad intentions that crush her by the end and haunt her throughout. Of course, it's the leads who do the most to keep this film afloat, with Eddie Redmayne nailing not only the southern accent that he was born to play, what with his mug, but also both smooth charm and light yet still uneasingly pronounced disturbance in a fashion that keeps you reasonably compelled by the Eddie Kreezer character, yet also uncertain of when the character will hit dark depths and of just how hard he will hit, and when Kreezer does hit those dark depth, Redmayne delivers on enthralling emotional range and layers. As for leading lady ChloŽ Grace Moretz, with all of my going on and on about how it's rather discomforting seeing her physicality and still-developing maturity flaunted, even if it's not being flaunted all that much, it is pretty hard to deny that she is, in fact, quite attractive for her age, as she remains mature enough for the often discomforting situations that fall upon her to not so much come off as gratuitous, but actually rather realist, and it helps that Moretz sells these situation with a charismatic and confident presence that may be asked to play into such more advanced strokes of acting as emoting on only a few occasions (Occasions that Moretz do deliver on though, as expected, especially during the final couple of scenes that she, all but alone, makes genuinely powerful), yet remains consistent and assured enough for your investment in Moretz as a leading force to go earned quite firmly, thus exposing further potential within the young talent. The film stands to be better, and there's no getting around that, yet the film still ultimately stands as worth, well, at least my time, as it has enough workmanlike charm and restrained yet still impressive performances to make this film both generally engaging and ultimately rather enjoyable.

In conclusion, the film is a dry one that limps along in a bland fashion, made worse by storytelling and story structure of little dynamicity, occasional tonal unevenness and altogether limited bite, thus making for a film that's neither less or more than simply average, yet certainly more enjoyable that people say, boasting a consistent workmanlike charm and fair degree of default intrigue - spawned from the interesting subject matter - to battle back dullness, while a strong cast of either underused or underwritten, yet still rather impressive talents - the most impressive of which being leads Eddie Redmayne and ChloŽ Grace Moretz - earns further investment and helps in making "Hick" a generally enjoyable portrait on a budding young girl tossed into a mature and dangerous coming-of-age experience.

2.5/5 - Fair
Super Reviewer
May 13, 2012
Hick has a lot to prove and, for the most part, holds up just fine. Chloe Moretz plays leading lady and at only fifteen years old, that can be a daunting task, especially in a mature subject matter such as this. Moretz proves once again that she's the best actress her age and often shoulders the entire film. Eddie Redmayne plays the villain, who often tiptoes the line between love and hate throughout the film's duration. Blake Lively and the rest of the cast fall off the deep end, coming off fake and overdone. But with strong lead performances, Hick takes on a life of its own and sets itself apart from it independent peers.
September 17, 2014
Great acting, but... what else.

The story in this one sucked. A girl is in a horrible situation and tries to get out, but doesn't really have a plan and ends up in a worse situation than what she left. This one dragged on a bit too much without going anywhere.
September 22, 2013
Really good movie, and great acting, do not let the critics affect your judgement. this movie has great cast followed by a thrilling pot, a teenager girl asking for a ride is just trouble waiting to happen.
August 24, 2013
Worth a watch for the excellent performances by ChloŽ Grace Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne.
August 5, 2013
Hick feels at times like a pointless movie that has an Indie vibe to it but the performances by Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, and Eddie Redmayne keep you engaged. Moretz is young but she's a star in waiting. She manages to perfectly capture the essence of a teenager and the conflicting emotions you're bombarded with when you feel lost and alone in life. The plot drags but again, the hopelessness of Moretz's situation and how the characters around her are affected and affect the course of actions that play out are enough.
½ May 14, 2013
The story itself is so-so--if you're in the mood for a road movie, it delivers road movie. But the real attraction here is Eddie Redmayne's performance. I hated his character so much, but by design, and he pulls it off so well. Chloe Mortez was fairly engaging, too. Appreciated the Lolita-like ick factor. Yeah--smash together Lolita with, say, Catcher in the Rye and On the Road... Hick is the weird Southern offspring.
March 28, 2013
Plot-wise, this movie is weak. But some of the performances are brilliant- in particular, Eddie Redmayne's. Chloe Moretz is also a standout and both actors work well with what little they're given. This movie is definitely weak on purpose, but the acting makes up for it in plenty of ways.
February 27, 2013
This is a good drama with lots of twists so you don't know what is going to happen next. I enjoyed this movie because of the young gir, Luli.
October 21, 2012
Hmmm...I feel like I had a very strange dream that just wouldn't end. This is another pointless story with no real plot or conclusion that just didn't need to be told. The best part of this film is the Bob Dylan song during the credits, and I'm not really even that much of a Dylan fan. It's just not good, but the dude playing Eddie did a pretty good job of being creepy...in that ya, he's creepy, but I'm still very bored kind of way.
October 18, 2012
Rural Nebraska teenager Luli (Chloe Grace Moretz - Dark Shadows, Let Me In) has a sad, terrible little life complete with partying mother (Juliette Lewis - Cape Fear, Hysterical Blindness) and non-existend father. When her mother up-and-leaves early one morning, Luli also packs up (including a gun) and decides to head to the bright lights of Las Vegas in hopes of finding a better life. Along the way she meets some shady characters such as a retired rodeo cowboy with a short fuse (Eddie Redmayne - My Week with Marilyn, The Good Shepherd) and a coke-snorting drifter (Blake Lively - "Gossip Girl", The Town). The film is all over the place and most of it is disturbing and unsettling. It is a mess but that isn't the only reason the film is uncomfortable ... Luli's situation(s) she finds herself in aren't easy to watch. If only I could come up with a hick term to describe Hick ... such as it has more crap in it than a chicken coop.
May 13, 2012
ROTTEN TOMTOES GAVE TWILGHT 49 BUT THIS 0 intresting you get the point
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