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Film – Quick Thoughts: Mean Creek

Mean Creek
Mean Creek, directed by Jacob Aaron Estes
Written by: Jacob Aaron Estes
Starring: Rory Culkin, Scott Mechlowicz & Josh Peck
My rating: 3 of 5

A group of teenagers decide to get revenge on the school bully by inviting him on a boat trip, their plan being to strip him naked, throw him in the river and make him walk all the way home without any clothes on, leaving him humiliated but unhurt. Things go badly wrong, which is hardly surprising.

The film’s biggest problem is the bully himself. I think everybody who has been through school knows what a bully is like and has an idea of them in their head. Physically fit, popular, doesn’t like school and likes to party. The bully in Mean Creek is overweight, a little nerdy, has no friends, is very inexperienced and might even have something wrong with his head, so even when he’s being mean it’s hard not to feel sorry for him, and some of the teens plotting against him are not nice at all. It changes the film from being about nice people taking revenge on a bully to being about mean people making nice people do bad things to a bad person.

It wasn’t a bad film and the young cast do very well, but I don’t think the film did all it could have done.

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