StorySet in a small Oregon town where secrets are hard to keep and lies even harder, Mean Creek flows with a simple elegance of truth and consequences as it follows a crisis in the lives of its teen characters, keenly directed by first-timer Jacob Aaron Estes.
The journey within begins as a plot for playful payback on a local troublemaker; the journey onscreen begins with a river, as a ragtag group of troubled-and-not teenagers set out on a boat trip to celebrate the birthday of their youngest member. As a sort of boyish Heart of Darkness trip develops, cracks in the crew form when some of the teens have second thoughts about what they are about to do.
Photographed in mossy greens and bark-colored skies, Mean Creek exposes a strange natural growth that appears in the nuanced performances of a fantastic cast, almost as if audience and child are forced to grow up together. What is so fascinating is watching an instinct-driven morality play itself out, swirl in fits and starts, float along for a while, and then finally settle into decisions that will haunt the characters for the rest of their lives.
- Commentary By The Cast And Crew
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- Film Notes
|Rory Culkin||Sam Merrick|
|Scott Mechlowicz||Marty Blank|
|Trevor Morgan||Rocky Merrick|
|Josh Peck||George Tooney|
- SUMMER SCARS Jul 26
- Genre: Drama Movies
- Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
- Producer: Paramount Classics
- Length: 89 min
- Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Theatrical Release North America Aug 20, 2004 Europe Apr 29, 2005 Japan Jun 10, 2006 Australia Aug 4, 2005
Ratings North America R Europe 15 Australia MA
DVD Release North America Jan 25, 2005 Europe Oct 3, 2005