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Neo Ned (2005)

Neo Ned (2005)

Neo Ned




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Ned (Jeremy Renner of Dahmer) is a proud member of the Aryan Brotherhood who has been admitted to a mental institution for his involvement in a racially motivated murder. Dr. Magnuson (Cary Elwes) and Johnny (Ethan Suplee) have trouble keeping Ned in line. Boisterous and belligerent, he's prone to childish tantrums when things don't go his way. Still, the other inmates, like Joey (Eddie Kaye Thomas) seem to look up to him. Ned's life at the facility is upended with the arrival of Rachael (Gabrielle Union of Bring It On), a beautiful young black woman who's brought in shouting German, and seems to believe that she's possessed by the spirit of Adolf Hitler. At first, Ned mocks her, and attempts to provoke her, but soon, his feelings toward Rachael turn surprisingly tender. Eventually, Ned and Rachael open up to each other, revealing the past traumas that left them in such a screwed up state. Ned, still reluctant to give up the accoutrements of skinhead life, tells Rachael about his imprisoned father and his unhappy foster care experiences, and Rachael tells him about being sexually abused, and reveals that she has a young daughter. When Ned is released from the hospital, he convinces Rachael to leave with him, but the couple finds life together on the outside difficult. Neo Ned also stars Steve Railsback and Sally Kirkland. It was written by Tim Boughn and directed by Van Fischer (Blink of an Eye, aka Urban Jungle). It had its world premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Tim Boughn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 30, 2008
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Richard Riehle
as Officer Pendleton
Joanne Baron
as Ned's Foster Mom
Cary Elwes
as Dr. Magnuson
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Critic Reviews for Neo Ned

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

It's a little rough around the edges, to be sure, but with such strong lead performances there is something irresistible in the film's audaciously straight-faced portrayal of such an unlikely relationship.

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Neo Ned may be ludicrous on paper, but it has what fans of independent film are looking for -- atmosphere, humanity and just a dash of fantastic drama.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Top Critic

The problem lies in the film's inability to decide whether such loaded images are funny in a Farrelly Brothers/Dave Chapelle kind of way or if they mean something deeper.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Never boring, never pretentious, never preachy, Neo Ned could find its place alongside some of the great independent romance films of all time, if enough people are able to catch a glimpse of it.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Film Threat

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Entertainment Insiders

Audience Reviews for Neo Ned

Here's an interesting movie about two individuals, with problems of their own, connect in a mental institution. They decide to take on the responsibilities of the outside world, and become part of it when their deepest fears become too much to bear. Great cast- Jeremy Renner, Gabrielle Union, Ethan Suplee, and Eddie Kay Thomas. Worth seeing!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


i felt like this movie was just a good and very original idea that just got lost in excitement. I'm not sure what to think about it. It seemed to be missing so much that it transcends as just being there stuck in between the Drama and Comedy genres. It didn't "grab me" enough to consider itself a neo-nazi drama about love defyin hate. At the same time it certain was't funny enough to be worthy of the "comedy" category. I feel like a little more time and effort could have really made this movie great. It just doesn't work for me.

Love makes you do the crazy! Gabrielle Union and Jeremy Renner star in this wild and emotional story about opposites that attract. Rachel is a black woman who thinks she's Hilter, Ned is a part of the Aryan Brotherhood and they meet in a mental institution. This independent film has a very gripping story.

LK It is what it is

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