Mean Creek (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Mean Creek
Estes' dark sunlit tale cuts like a knife.
A low-key, low-budget thriller that reminds us just how cruel young people can be.
First time writer/ director Estes brings sensitivity and insight to this tale of teens pushed to extremes and forced to confront their sense of responsibility and morality
Audience Reviews for Mean Creek
Truly haunting and riveting. Outstanding performances, incredible script with compelling characters and a huge emotional core help make ''Mean Creek'', in my view, pretty much a masterpiece. It delves into the cruel side of the minds of teenagers and proves a very dark but accurate view of how horrible the consequences of an immature action can be. Fantastic.
Prepare for a downer. Mean Creek is depressing, slow moving, and excellent. While some may complain that everything seems to happen at a snails pace, but I believe that the unsettlingly realistic film's pacing worked to it's advantage. Throughout the first hour of the film you know something terrible is going to happen, and the suspense builds to what for me was a constant feeling of dread. By the time that moment comes I was completely emotionally invested and it made the second half of the movie all the more intense. Mean Creek is not for anyone looking for a nice light watch, but if you have the patience and stomach for it then your in for a great movie.
A devastating movie concerning the ultimate revenge plot amongst some young kids, who aim to get back at a high school bully (Josh Peck). Peck is a revelation in this movie, and the overall cast is phenomenal. It is disturbing, but extremely effective in many ways, and even though it has its share of problems (the two dads plot seems a bit out there), the ending is also haunting and completely unforgettable. Although "Straw Dogs" remains the ultimate revenge-bully film, this comes awful close to toppling it.
Mean Creek Quotes
|Millie:||Sam, what's going on here with George?|
|Sam:||Oh, it's nothing bad. It's just a joke.|
|Millie:||What kind of joke?|
|Sam:||Well, we are planning on stripping him, throwing him in the river, and then we are gonna make him run home naked. We have a plan and it involves a dare.|
|Sam:||Yeah. See, the only reason I didn't tell you before... [Sam gets interrupted by Millie]|
|Millie:||Who said I wanted to be a part of this?|
|Sam:||What about this? [Sam snaps his fingers]|
|Sam:||If you could snap your fingers right now, and he would drop dead in his tracks, would you do it?|
|Millie:||It's totally mean, Sam.|
|Millie:||He's a stupid fat kid. He's got problems, but he's obviously... Promise me you won't do anything to him.|
|Sam:||It's not just me.|
|Millie:||Promise me or I go back to the car.|
|Sam:||All right, I promise. I'll tell Rocky.|
|Sam:||You know, if we hurt him, we'd be just as bad as him.|
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