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. –Sundance Film Fesitval
Jacob Aaron Estes (born 6 September 1972) is an American screenwriter and film director.
Estes wrote and directed his feature debut, Summoning, in 2001. With 2004’s Mean Creek, his second offering as writer-director, he gained critical acclaim, receiving nominations at various film festivals and winning the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. That same year he wrote the screenplay for Rick Rosenthal’s Nearing Grace, which he adapted from the Scott Sommer novel. He currently is working on The Gifted starring Ralph Fiennes. —Wikipedia
Pretty good. For a director's debut, it was a great first attempt. All the actors seemed to have good direction. All except for Culkin's character, who seemed to have only one emotion (it must run in the family). There were some beautiful shots while they were in the woods and I give kudos to the Cinematographer for final sequence and color choices throughout the film.
Intolerance is a tricky thing, you fat fuck. Wait. I've learned nothing.