Little Athens

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The Darwinian plight of a small Arizona town's youthful but aimless population leads to a series of strange confrontations in Lansdown director Tom Zuber's slacker-themed slice of life. While trim-and-tidy outward appearances give Little Athens the illusion of calm tranquility, a look at the life of the post-high school populace struggling to make ends meet betrays first impressions. Over the course of 24 hours, a revealing look at the population of Little Athens reveals a paranoid EMS worker named Heather (Erica Leerhsen), whose suspicions that her boyfriend is cheating drive her to drastic measures; a debt-ridden pizza delivery buy named Jimmy (John Patrick Amedori), who has turned to dealing drugs as a means of restoring his financial stability; an STD-infested teen whose boyfriend is itching for revenge; and a pair of pool-cleaning roommates (DJ Qualls and Jorge Garcia) whose fledgling business doesn't turn enough coin to cover the rent.


Critic Reviews for Little Athens

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Audience Reviews for Little Athens

  • Feb 01, 2010
    Little Athens brings together in a single independent film more than a dozen young raising stars and has a great indie soundtrack, but is no more than an ordinary, unremarkable story about youngsters dealing with sex and drugs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2009
    From I Think Films, and there movies are all pretty good. Bout you have to think. This one here captures the lives of 5 young people ages 15 -21 making there way through 24 hrs, there lives intersect at one point or another. Found Jorge Garcia to be a riot. Also found out that life for all of us, isn't so pleasant at one time or another. Sad ending. Without giving anything away. 3 1/2 stars on this one, its worth seeing no matter what age or place in life your are at.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    I was suprised by how much I liked this movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2009
    This story takes place in Little Athens, but it could've happened anywhere. Starring: Jorge Garcia, DJ Qualls, Michael Pena, Kenny Morrison, Jill Ritchie, John Patrick Amedori, Eric Szmanda, Michelle Horn,Erica Leerhson, Rachel Miner This is the saying that runs across the screen as you turn on the film. It rings true and gives you a sign of things to come, it gives you insight that this film is about to show you some things things that you may not want to see. Like every town in todays society you can find your rough parts . Little Athens is no different, it is problematic if you want to find it. Jimmy (Amerdori) is a teenager who got in debt because of betting, he needs to pay the money back or else it may be his life on the line. So he steals drugs and trys to sell them. Carlos (Pena) and his friend Jess (Ritchie) were having it out because of her dysfunctional relationship with her on and off again boyfriend Aaron (Morrison). Carlos doesnt think Aaron is good for Jess, but Jess continues to believe that he will change. Corey ( Qualls) and his buddy/roomate Pedro (Garcia) are known trouble makers when they need money, but when Coreys sister Emily ( Horn) comes to town they agree to try and stay out of trouble, until they are evicted from there house. Heather( Leerhson) and Allison (Miner) are best friends and Heather is trying to deal with her suspected of cheating cop boyfriend Derek (Szmanda). All of this comes to a head at one party, when all these people end up there, and things get out of hand. Little Athens is a small town in Arizona, where everyone knows each other and where life seems boring, so they entertain themselves by meddling in the drug world. This film is really a simply made film that could be the life of any known human being who has ever had a troubled relationship, been involved with drugs, dealt drugs, went to a party. Felt strong for someone who didnt feel the same way. This film touches on all bases, from abandonment to love. Little Athens plays like a modern day Shakespeare tragedy, with every twist and turn it tears at your heart. This is the modern society that Shakespeare would be writing about. It plays out like an actual day, people working, people doing what they do. Being friends, being lovers and just simply living life in a small town. The Cast is superb, with a few stand outs. Credit is given where credit is due, and for this film there were a few performances that stood out. DJ Qualls as Corey, the young guy struggling to make it work was probably the best performance in this film. DJ kept it small, kept it simple, giving Corey an identity, some triats that people could see in themselves. He was portrayed as someone that you could easily be friends with. Another stand out performance isMichael Pena as Carlos. It is evident from scene one that Carlos likes his friend Jess in more than just a frienship kinda way. Pena gives us Carlos, serves him up and makes us feel for him. Carlos is a follower, he would do anything for Jess and Michael Pena is Carlos during this film. It seems like it is Carlos, like this is Carlos life. Pena does a great job of turning fiction into something that seems very real. Little Athens has some great stories that weave in and out, this is one of those drug content films that should be shown to all teenagers. It stands with drug films like Traffic, Candy, 21 Grams. While comparing to these films, it gives us something we have never really seen before. Teenagers are the focal point, young potentially brilliant teenagers are the main point. The main characters range in age from aronnd 18-22. They all have something to hide. Little Athens is a brilliantly filmed movie, it is slowly paced and delivers dialogue that may not impress most deep movie wathchers, but it is dialogue that reflects the world in which we live. Little Athens should be seen by all. The one thing I really found great about this film was the fact that the audience really needed to be paying attention. This film left some things to be caught by the audience, making it so you had no choice but to pay attention. The first one is during Jimmys car accident scene, where the woman is bloodied. Jimmy suggested that the driver take her to the hospital because of her head wounds. If you watch the scene closely it is sort of hinted at the it was not at all Jimmy;s fault. Atleast that is my interpretation of the scene and how it plays out. Jimmy wouldnt have hit the car hard enough to do that much damage, and another reason to see it this way is that the driver was perfect and no airbag had poped. If Jimmy had hit the car hard enough the Driver would have smashed his head off the airbag and deployed resulting in similar injuries to those of his femal counterpart. The second is that all through the film Aaron was blaming Jess for an STD. With about 15 minutes left in the film it is revealed that Aaron got a tatoo, which looked rather infected. Neither Aaron or Jess spoke it out loud, but Aaron got his STD from a dirty tatoo needle. It is little things like this that the film makes reference to that the audience must pick up on. It doesnt really change the outcome of the film, but it tests to see who is paying attention or not.
    Kenny B Super Reviewer

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