Mean Creek

Wednesday, May 09, 2007
This is a really good film that I don't think got much publicity. At least I don't remember hearing about it before. It centres around a young boy Sammy (played perfectly by Rory Culkin...Macauley's younger brother) who gets beaten up by the school bully, George. George is the oldest kid in their middle school, having been held back a number of times. He towers over the other kids, is oveweight and has no friends. When Sammy's older brother finds out about the beating, he and a couple of his friends decide to seek revenge. Along with Sammy and his new girlfriend, they devise a plan which will embarass and humilate George without actually hurting him. The group invites George along on a boating trip under the guise that's its Sammy's birthday and he wants to become friends. George shows up for the trip with a present and tries very hard (too hard at times) to make everyone like him. After a couple of hours, and despite a few screw ups, most of the group start to warm up to him and decide that George isn't so bad after all. However, during a game of Truth or Dare, George's true colours come out and they tell him why he's there. A fight ensues, George is pushed overboard, hits his head and drowns. Rather than head back with the body and explain the accident to the authorities, they decide (against most of the group's better judgement) to bury the body and pretend nothing ever happened. That never works. We never really know what happens to the teens/tweens but sometimes it's more interesting when left to the imagination.

There were times when I both hated the character of George the bully and felt so sorry for him. He had no friends, was lonely, introspective, and had no social skills whatsoever. You could tell he desperately wanted to fit in with someone...anyone. And yet, it was difficult to tell if, when he reverted back to his bullying ways, if he was truly meant all the hurtful things he said and did or if was the only way he knew how to interact with others. Sure I hated him for the things he said (and they were truly horrible) but you could see he was terribly lost and just wanted to be liked. If you haven't seen this yet, I highly recommend it. The entire cast provides fantastic performances. Go rent it.


Wandering Coyote said...

This looks like something right up my alley. Thanks for the review, but hey - you should have put a spoiler warning at the beginning!

kelly said...

yes it is a good one

Tanya said...

Sounds good. I think I saw a trailer for it somewhere.... not sure, but the storyline rings a bell.

Candy Minx said...

Hmm I had never heard of this either.

* (asterisk) said...

Funny. i think ultimately I was disappointed with the film. it's one of those films that i completely forgot about within a few days, but there were some cool bits here and there.

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