The Quiet

2006

The Quiet

Critics Consensus

This psychological thriller's talented cast is undercut by leaden pacing and a problematic plot.

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Cheerleader Nina Deer's seemingly idyllic life of is thrown into turmoil when Dot, a deaf teenager, is adopted into her suburban family. After first being ostracized as a "freak," Dot soon becomes extremely popular as those around her find her to be someone they can conveniently and safely confess their darkest secrets to. Struggling with a very disturbing secret of her own, Nina eventually strikes an unlikely bond with Dot herself.

Cast

Elisha Cuthbert
as Nina Deer
Martin Donovan
as Paul Deer
Edie Falco
as Olivia Deer
Katy Mixon
as Michelle Fell
Maria Cash
as Mrs. Feltswatter
Jo Baker
as Myrna
Steve Uzzell
as Mr. Piln
Ken Thomas
as Officer Jim
Rudy Costa
as Police Officer
Myrna Cabello
as Waitress
Diane Quest
as Newscaster No. 1
Quita Culpepper
as Newscaster No. 2
Sharon Ploeger
as Sign Language Interpreter
Laura E. Johnston
as Regina McQueen
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  • Jan 01, 2011
    2 well acted performances help this film along, camilla belle as dot the mute death girl, going to live with her godparents after the death of her fatrher, and elisha cuthbert as the bitchy daughter she has to put up with, while the she finds truths about the family, and also people finding possible truths about her, a interesting film with a goood story to hook you in
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2010
    <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912448"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912448_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912450"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912450_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912449"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912449_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912455"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912455_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912452"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912452_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912453"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912453_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <I>The Quiet</I> (2005) Independent WRITTEN BY: Abdi Nazemian and Micah Schraft DIRECTED BY: Jamie Babbit FEATURING: Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Belle, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, and Katy Mixon GENRE: CHICK DRAMA-THRILLER TAGS: Disturbing, Dark PLOT: A deaf girl becomes ensnared in her adoptive family's amoral dysfunctions. COMMENTS: Strong sexual themes ground this strange tale of a family slowly going insane. After her father's untimely death, deaf-mute teenager Dot (Belle) is taken in by her godparents (Donovan, Falco) who from outward appearances have a conventional, affluently idyllic suburban life along with their cheerleader daughter Nina (Cuthbert). Dot's transition is derailed by increasingly disturbing conflicts and revelations. Her new family has dark secrets. A sick, twisted dysfunctionality plagues the household. Trapped between an opiate addict mother, licentious father, homicidal sister, and perverted new beau, Dot struggles to keep her perspective. Unable to readily communicate, and with no outside party to turn to, Dot is at a disadvantage when her demented new family draws her into a sordid web of immorality and charade. The line between spider and fly becomes blurred however, when it turns out that Dot harbors her own eerie enigma. <I>The Quiet</I> rips the facade from blissful, suburban tranquility in the tradition of movies such as <I>American Beauty</I> and <I>The Safety Of Objects</I>. Less satirical than the former and not as convoluted as the later, <I>The Quiet</I> is a suspenseful drama with an hypnotic narrative tone reminiscent of <I>One Day Like Rain</I> and <I>Make-Out With Violence</I>. <I>The Quiet</I> is a well produced film with a perverse story. Critics have misunderstood the movie, perhaps due to an unwillingness to accept plots that to do not conform to trite, readily accessible Tinseltown formulas, or worse, due to a certain partiality, or collusion with the major studios. <I>The Quiet</I> does not set out to be a black comedy, or a sophisticated social indictment of suburbia, although it contains some elements of both. Neither is it a movie with a message or mere exploitation. <I>The Quiet</I> is a simplistic, racy, psychological thriller. With some hauntingly memorable dialogue, it is arty yet lucid, brooding and visually dark. While more twists and turns would have provided greater depth, it is structurally complete enough to be worthwhile for patrons seeking a departure from blockbusters, crowd-pleasers, and annoying Lifetime Network potboilers. Feminist director Jamie Babbit's other films include <I>But I'm A Cheerleader</I> and <I>Itty Bitty Titty Comittee</I>. Viewers will recognize Cuthbert from the sensational, <I>The Girl Next Door</I>. <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912456"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912456_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-quiet-13912457"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912457_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/13912451"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/91/24/13912451_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11130422"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/WcqiBwI1Ahc/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Elisha Cuthbert Monologue from <I>THE QUIET</I> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11130421"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/TxfF7YQD6nA/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>THE QUIET</I> - trailer
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2010
    Cool drama/thriller thats miles better than i thought it would be with the lovely Camilla Belle and Elisha Cuthbert. Dot(Belle), a deaf mute, joins her dysfunctional God-parents family as she has recently lost her parents but Dots new parents' daughter, Nina(Cuthbert), doesn't like the idea and bullies Dot at every opportunity. After a while the people around Doy, Nina included, start to share their secrets with her, thinking it will go no further but some secrtets prove to be to dark and disturbing to be kept quiet. Despite the description of it being "erotic" on the back, this definately isn't that but it is a well made and acted film that proves that Belle and Cuthbert are more than just pretty faces as their roles are quite challenging. It does leave a few questions at the end which might annoy some viewers but overall this is a desent little movie.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2009
    Just something to watch if theres nothing else good on TV
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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