Mean Creek (2004)
March 12, 2005 at 7:00 and 10:00pm in 26-100, and
March 13, 2005 at 10:00pm in 26-100.
Director Jacob Estes's feature film debut is a remarkably accomplished coming of age drama about death and consequences. When overweight, emotionally troubled George (Josh Peck) beats up a smaller kid named Sam (Rory Culkin) one time too many, his older brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and Rocky's wrong-side-of-the-tracks pal (Scott Mechlowicz) decide to teach George a lesson. Along with their friend Clyde (Ryan Kelley)--who was once the brunt of George's violence himself--they bring George on a boat trip with a cruel prank in mind. Sam brings his love interest, Milly (Carly Schroeder), who tries to stop the plan when she decides George is a nice guy after all. Tragic things happen nonetheless with the slow, languid rhythm of life in a small Oregon town. [rottentomatoes.com]
"The poignant story represents its players' vulnerabilities with swift and clean lines."
-- Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly. Read this review.