Twelve and Holding (2006)



Critic Consensus: This shocking pre-teen drama manages, through realistic performances and a sense of empathy, to avoid exploitation and instead deliver something honest and haunting.

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A trio of troubled suburbanites attempts to come to grips with the personal issues that surface following the tragic death of one of their own in this introspective adolescent drama from L.I.E. screenwriter/director (Michael Cuesta). In the months following the death of Jacob's (Conor Donovan) likeable, athletic twin brother, Rudy (also Donovan), Jacob and friends Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and Leonard (Jesse Camacho) struggle to make sense of the unfortunate youth's fiery demise at the hands of … More

Rating: R (for some violence and sexual content involving minors, and for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Anthony S. Cipriano, Anthony Cipriano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2006
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as Jacob Carges/Rudy Ca...

as Leonard Fisher

as Malee Chuang

as Jim Carges

as Carla Chuang

as Gus Maitland

as Grace Fisher

as Ashley Carges

as Patrick Fisher

as Grace Fisher

as Gabe Artunion

as Mr. Farmer

as Coach Gilmore

as Keith Gardner

as Doctor

as Singing Girl

as Sara Fisher

as Funeral Guest No. 1

as Funeral Guest No. 2

as Guitar Guy

as Kid in Red
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Critic Reviews for Twelve and Holding

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (31)

... a film that never quite equals the sum of its many intriguing parts.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film careens from crisis to crisis. Yet each time it threatens to spin out of control, [director Michael] Cuesta demonstrates a firm hand that keeps us leaning in with interest.

Full Review… | August 6, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Raw and unpredictable. It's also compelling.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Flawed but compassionate study of kids struggling with grown-up issues without much adult supervison.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

One of the most exceptional, down to Earth portrayals of childhood and adolescence in the face of tragedy I've ever seen...

Full Review… | September 19, 2007
Cinema Crazed

...generally succeeds in spite of its various deficiencies.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Twelve and Holding


Great Indie drama. Very heartfelt, feel good kind of movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Rudy: Our birthday comes once a year and you ask for a hockey mask. You don't even play. 

"Do You Know Who Your Kids Are?"

Twelve and Holding reminds me a lot of another Indie movie named George Washington. Both are great films about children's loss of innocence surrounding a death of their friend. In Twelve and Holding, we meet four friends. Two of which are twin brothers named Jacob and Rudy. The other two are Malee and Leonard. Some bullies of the four friends go to burn down their tree house, unaware that they are in it. Rudy dies, and the three other children are left, no longer really children, but not adults either.Twelve and Holding is a sad and hypnotic film. It's also extremely engrossing and compelling. The performances by all the young children are solid, and Jeremy Renner is as good here, as he's ever been. 

The movie isn't as hard to watch as you would think, and if I described some of the actions of the kids after the death of their friend, it would make you think it would be even harder to watch. The writer and director of Twelve and Holding make the movie a lot easier to watch. They don't go over the top in creating situations that are unrealistic or unwatchable. A few times I thought they were going to take it to far, but they restrained and made the movie all the better because of that restraint. 

Twelve and Holding probably isn't going to be a movie you fall in love with. The story is too devastating to make it a movie that you want to watch again and again. What it is though, is a good Indie drama about kids that are supposed to be kids, but can't. Situations in life dictate change, and for these kids that change came on earlier than it should have. 

I highly suggest giving Twelve and Holding a look. It's a relatively unknown work that deserves to be seen. It's a shame that movies like Twelve and Holding get pushed aside and aren't seen as frequently as movies that don't even deserve to be made. I've heard this compared to Stand By Me, and it's a fairly accurate comparison. I still think it's more like George Washington, but very few people have seen that one. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Quiet different and unique, at least compared to most of what I've seen in the past 5 years. If only the ending had been better than what it is, I might have given it 4.5 or even 5/5 as well. Having said that, I still find it highly commendable.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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