Electrick Children

2013

Electrick Children

Critics Consensus

A strong directorial debut for Rebecca Thomas, Electrick Children also features an outstanding performance from Julia Garner as a wild teenager from a conservative family.

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In the debut feature from director Rebecca Thomas, ELECTRICK CHILDREN, Julia Garner (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR) plays Rachel, a rambunctious teenager from a fundamentalist Morman family in Utah. On Rachel's 15th birthday, she discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience. Three months later, Rachel turns up pregnant and claims to have had an immaculate conception from listening to the music. Rachel's parents, (Cynthia Watros - LOST, Billy Zane - TITANIC) arrange a marriage for her, but she runs off with her brother "Mr. Will," (Liam Aiken - LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS) to Las Vegas, to search for the man who sings on the tape, thinking he has something to do with her mysterious pregnancy. There they meet Clyde, (Rory Culkin - SCREAM 4), a young rocker who challenges everything they've been taught and changes the way they see the world. (C) Phase 4

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  • Though unevenly told and at times too fanciful for its own good, "Electrick Children" marks an intriguing feature debut for its risk-taking writer-director, Rebecca Thomas.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Electrick Children" is well acted and refreshingly nonjudgmental, but its narrative continuity is tenuous at best.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • Thomas makes an assured debut as both writer and director, the gifted Culkin is excellent as always, and Garner finds lovely shades of nuance in Rachel's innocent faith.

    Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Thomas has an aversion to the easy resolution-she knows precisely which mysteries to keep dangling.

    Mar 6, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The best moments in filmmaker Rebecca Thomas's debut feature manage flashes of wide-eyed grace-that is, when the overly precious, half-formed story isn't undermining her understated direction and the work of a fine cast.

    Mar 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    Time Out
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  • You needn't be a true believer to appreciate Rebecca Thomas's indie feature rooted in a traditional Mormon community.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Electrick Children

  • Sep 05, 2014
    Strange, fanciful, yet engaging and well performed, Electrick Children is a unique movie, and an uncommon directorial debut for Rebecca Thomas. The story centers on Rachel, a 15 year old girl from a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah who, after listening to a forbidden cassette tape with rock music, becomes inexplicably pregnant. Thinking it is the result of immaculate conception, Rachel endeavors on a quest to find the musician behind the music, befriending an odd cast of characters on her way. The premise almost makes the film sound like a comedy. It's not. I went in suspecting a strong condescension toward religion coming, and yet-- the film largely resists that temptation. In fact, it starts quite strong, giving us interesting characters, a believable world (to start), and a set up that offers a lot of intrigue. Through the film, we keep waiting for the actual source of the conception to be revealed, yet the film takes its protagonist's view very seriously. If you can accept that, and just go with the film, what follows is a journey of discovery, and something quite unique. The most impressive part of the film for me was Julia Garner's role as Rachel, an imaginative, wide-eyed young girl, who's not afraid to challenge her boundaries. Her interactions with the surrounding cast was well done, and her journey, however fanciful, felt genuine. Towards the end, however, the more whimsical elements did seem to get away from Electrick Children, resulting in a bit of an uneven tone. Still, the direction delivered an engaging narrative and a world with surrealist overtones, but real drama. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2014
    Interesting. Could have done without the immaculate conception (please! It was probably her step father!), but this was nicely filmed and acted. The Amish seeming upbringing and family were something different for this type of film.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2014
    This warped tale follows the plight of a Mormon girl looking for the chance to be free in a world that limits her by her upbringing, gender, and religion. After divine intervention forces an immaculate conception upon her, Rachel (Garner) leaves her home and journeys to Sin City to find the father of her baby, a singer on an old cassette tape. Along the way she meets other misfits and starts to find the pieces of her life's puzzle. While the story doesn't seem all that important in context, her journey to finding the one real truth is very intrinsic in value. Garner is a real up and comer and I can't wait to see what else she will work on in the future, and it's always good to see Rory Culkin in indie fare. While I didn't love the story or always connect with the characters, the way this film is shot, and the aura it has, is really entertaining to sit through.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2014
    A fantastic indie movie, wonderfully executed. Loved the script.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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