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I knew very little of the actual premise of the movie when I watched it a few years back other than it was a coming of age movie and that it starred Rory Culkin. I put those two things together and I somehow I expected it to be a somewhat good movie. And it was. I guess I would put this movie together with Boy A and Paranoid Park as one of those movies that features kids that make terrible mistakes except, though if I remember correctly Mean Creek didn’t fully explore the aftermath of the incident past the day itself.
Which mattered little, the audiences can always use their imagination right? I think the movie had certain a rawness to it, from the simple yet well drawn story, to the dialogue and to the young actors who all gave such wonderful performances. One scene I think that was done particularly well was the one on the beach, right after the incident, when all the kids were just sitting there, shocked over what had come to happen. You see right there, that any innocence if indeed there had been, was lost in that moment. That they could never again be just care free kids. That this incident would forever hang over them. Very very good movie...definitely deserves more recognition.