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Hick's talented young star is ill served by a film whose story wavers between discomfitingly inappropriate and simply muddled.



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Small town teenager Luli (Chloe Grace Moretz) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (Blake Lively), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs, seduction and murder. -- (C) Phase 4 Films

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  • Jul 12, 2016
    Of all the genres that could exist "Fucked-Up-Coming-of-Age-Movie" would be my favourite. Hick is an example of such a genre. But it is not a great one. It's not a garbage movie at all, but it gets more and more lazy very swiftly as the piece goes forth.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2015
    I was expecting some happy, feel good type of movie.If that's what you're expecting as well then forget about it.This movie (At times) was disturbing & tough to watch.I was thinking about turning it off at the beginning (For some reason I just could not get into it) but I stuck around.In some ways, I'm glad I stuck around & in some ways, I wish I would've just turned it off when I was going to.I'm glad I stuck around to see how it turned out in the end especially after reading it was based on a true story.I wish I would've turned it off when I was going to because some scenes were disturbing & tough to watch especially knowing it was based on a true story.Hick is a movie that I'd only watch once.Not only because of how real it was but because it's a movie worth watching once but not more than once
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2013
    This movie benefits from a committed performance from Chloe Moretz. The rest of the cast is also strong even if I found some of the acting in the climactic moments to be overacted. The problem really comes in the storytelling front. First of all, the film is supposed to be a coming-of-age dramedy, but it never really kicks into high gear, at least until the last 20 minutes and that feels completely out of place. Chloe Moretz definitely makes the film more than watchable, even if it's lacking the depth you would've liked from this type of movie. I just found the entire movie to be sort of aimless and generic for the most part. Luli escapes to Vegas, she meets some people on the road, they share "wild" experiences, and at the end she goes through certain things that force her to grow up way before she's ready. This all sounds well and good but, as mentioned, the entire thing feels generic. And the last 20 minutes aren't any good and creepy and the problem is that they seemed to be building to this moment the entire film. That's probably even worse. *SPOILERS* There's a scene where it's implied that Luli is raped by Eddie. They don't show this scene explicitly but you can figure it out on your own, so it's not as exploitative as it could've been but it still does feel a bit exploitative. It seems to me there is no real purpose for the last 20 minutes to happen other than it would be a surprising turn of events, and this is stuff that post-rape and not the rape itself, where Eddie kidnaps her and ties her up to a bed to keep her as a sex slave. Glenda comes back to save Luli and Eddie ends up killing Glenda and Luli kills Eddie afterwards. Anyway, the point is the only reason it's done is because it's an unexpected surprise. *END SPOILERS* And that's not a good reason to do something and this film is an example of it. It doesn't make sense in the context of the story for this to happen, hence why I feel it's a tad bit exploitative. It does force Luli to mature before she's ready, but it's not like there's much of a change in the character after what she went through. If you do this, it's obviously to show that the character has gone through a drastic change emotionally and Chloe does a great job in this scene but the next day she's fine. As if nothing had happened. It makes the entire thing completely pointless to be honest. What's the point of it all if she's going to be fine by the next day? Off to Las Vegas to live the life she always wanted as if nothing had happened. It's really stupid when you think about it. This movie isn't terrible. There are flashes of greatness in this movie, mostly involving Chloe Moretz as she's really good in this film. Unfortunately the film is mired in shoddy storytelling and an exploitative last act that doesn't fit anywhere in the movie. I wouldn't say I hated this movie at all, but it's not particularly good either.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2013
    Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively star in Hick, a dark and provocative indie film. The story follows a 13-year-old runaway headed for Las Vegas who takes up with a grifter. The film deals with some dark material (such as drug abuse and rape), making for some gritty and disturbing scenes. Yet, Moretz has enough charisma to keep the audience engaged. Hick is a nebulous film that doesn't have a clear story, but there are some interesting performances.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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