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The Rage in Placid Lake (2004)


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Australian playwright Tony McNamara makes his directorial debut with the offbeat comedy The Rage in Placid Lake, adapted from his own play The Cafe Latte Kid. In his first feature film, indie rocker Benny Lee stars as a troubled teen named Placid Lake. The child of new-agey eccentric parents (Garry McDonald and Miranda Richardson), Placid spends his childhood getting picked on by bullies. Fortunately, he finds friendship with classmate Gemma Taylor (Rose Byrne), whose father (Nicholas Hammond)

Apr 18, 2006

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Watching this movie is a bit like going to a dance where the drummer can't keep a steady beat. You think you should be laughing, but you just can't quite bring yourself to.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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An amiable film comedy that leaves you feeling good as opposed to feeling for your wallet.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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What's missing from McNamara's film is right there in the title: the anger that cauterizes teen-movie glibness and burns down to the heart of the matter.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Polished and dark, but upbeat.

November 19, 2003
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a brazen, mischievous look at rebellion

April 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

Lee makes an engagingly laid-back lead and a bespectacled Rose Byrne is adorable as the geeky girl-next-door.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

There's an amusingly askance approach to the whole coming-of-age process that keeps us engaged.

January 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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A feel-good movie with some enjoyably deranged turns.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Presents the business world as a caricature without bringing fresh comic twists to a much-lampooned subject.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Too broad and ridiculous to be an effective satire

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

A pleasurable but ephemeral moment for Oz Film.

October 28, 2003

Struggles to find the right tone.

September 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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All our expectations are turned on their head and tossed aside in The Rage in Placid Lake, a darkly comic coming of age story about a young man who tries desperately to fit in.

September 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for The Rage in Placid Lake

Somewhat silly movie. After being picked on his whole school existence, Placid Lake decides to starts work in a 9-5 job just to spite his hippie parents. Placid's best friend (Gemma) seems to know him better than Placid does himself. The Aussie accents give away the origin of the movie.
December 15, 2007

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A terrific coming of age story about a kid who really doesn't fit in anywhere. A brilliant look at finding one's place in the world. Placid Lake (Ben Lee) is a goofy, free-spirited, creative kid who tries to make it in the corporate world and to suppress his artistic side. His BFF Gemma (the beautiful Rose Byrne) is a brilliant straight-laced kid destined for great things. Will they embrace who they are (and each other) or will they conform to society's pressures and live lives of quiet desparation? This was laugh out loud funny and heart-breakingly sad and in the end, quite an entertaining film. Natasha Richardson was brilliant as Placid's hippy-dippy, new age, laisse-fare mother, and Claire Danes graced the screen with a brief, one-line appearance. But Lee and Byrnes make the film worth the time to watch it. One finds oneself rooting for them as individuals and as a couple. Great fun!
January 23, 2009
Mark Abell

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Very witty comedy. Now where did Benny Lee go after his performance here..Lake Placid?
July 4, 2012
John Ballantine

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One of my favorites, if not my favorite, of the film movement filmes. A quirky Australian film.
September 11, 2006
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