Steal Me (2005)



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A family goes through some changes when an unusual sort of drifter crosses their path in this independent coming-of-age drama. Jake (Danny Alexander) is a homeless 15-year-old kid with a fondness for stealing things and a precocious appetite for older women. Jake is passing through a small Montana town as he continues his search for the mother who abandoned him years before when he meets Tucker (Hunter Parrish) while stealing the radio out of his truck. Though Tucker is a bit older than Jake, Jake's rough-and-tumble existence has added a few years to his life experience, and after a scuffle over the radio, the boys become fast friends. Tucker brings Jake home for a square meal, and while Tucker's father (John Terry) is wary of the young drifter, he agrees to let him stay for a few days in the family's barn. However, it turns out Dad was right not to trust Jake; not only does he get caught stealing trinkets from Tucker's younger sister, he becomes amorously involved with a married middle-aged woman who lives nearby. While Jake tends to this affair and toys with the trust of the family who has taken him in, he also offers some advice to Tucker on how to win the attentions of Lily Rose (Paz de la Huerta), a neighborhood girl he has a crush on.
Art House & International , Drama
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Cara Seymour
as Mother
Paz de la Huerta
as Lily Rose
John Terry
as Father
Toby Poser
as Grace
Steve Brian
as Policeman/Will
Zelda Poser
as Baby Zelda
Justin O'Hair
as Unshaved Man
Clay Tuck
as Billy
Keegan Nashan
as Cindy's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Steal Me

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Steal Me is a beautifully realized small film of understated power.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's not really original stuff, and there are few genuine surprises, but Painter skillfully layers visual details and off-the-cuff dialogue into a smart, condescension-free piece on small towns and the complicated lives they contain.

September 22, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Everything about Steal Me, the new feature from the writer and director Melissa Painter, feels dangerously overripe.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Drifter comes to small town, gets all the ladies hot. But it's not the steamy, literate Picnic, starring William Holden - instead it's the pretentious Steal Me, an artily photographed, puzzlingly acted indie.

September 9, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Solid performances can't save Melissa Painter's pretentious teen drama Steal Me, which plays like a cross between Dangerous Skin (without the gay sex) and Picnic (without the production values or credible situations).

September 9, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Steal Me has at least one indie-film cliché too many.

September 6, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Steal Me

A classic case of overreaching, Steal Me boasts unorthodox camera angles, dramatic shifts in its palette and a generally adventurous visual style. What it lacks is believable dialogue, credible relationships and a serious foundation for its overripe psychology.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Very very slow moving and downright boring. The main character is shallow and unappealing it makes the film very hard to get involved in. I didn't care what happened to anyone in the film. This is a good film to watch if you have trouble sleeping.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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