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Set 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.

DVD Features

  • Commentary By The Cast And Crew
  • Storyboard
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Film Notes

Cast

Rory CulkinSam Merrick
Ryan KelleyClyde
Scott MechlowiczMarty Blank
Trevor MorganRocky Merrick
Josh PeckGeorge Tooney
Carly SchroederMillie
Branden WilliamsKile

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
  • Producer: Paramount Classics
  • Length: 89 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 20, 2004
    EuropeApr 29, 2005
    JapanJun 10, 2006
    AustraliaAug 4, 2005
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 25, 2005
    EuropeOct 3, 2005
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