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.
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A damn fine debut from a director I wish was a tad more prolific. The film is a quiet, subtle morality tale that, like Larry Clark's marvelous "Bully," explores the ideas of murder and betrayal without giving solutions that are too easy or serve as nothing but lame, pandering monotony. Very much worth checking out, especially to hear foul language from Josh Peck.
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.
It has that dated/indie tone that, for me, gives it a pass to be a little rough around the edges as far as technicalities and acting go. At the core is a well developed cause and effect story following the lives of this particular group of kids and a bully.