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R| 1 hr. 40 min.

Plot Summary
Follows the fate of Lyle (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a violent adolescent who, in lieu of prison, is placed in a juvenile mental institution where he encounters a group of equally troubled teens. This motley crew - abused, sexually confused, violent, and yet hanging on by their grit and anger - becomes Lyle's last lifeline as he fights to find meaning in a world that seems to defy understanding.

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Michael Bacall , Zooey Deschanel , Cody Lightning , Elden Henson , Sara Rivas , Don Cheadle , Blayne Weaver

Director: Jordan Melamed

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

Manic (2001)

Release Date: May 9th, 2003|1 hr. 40 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Buoyed by some sensitive performances and nearly tanked by insensitive filming. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Searching for a documentary feel, the camera here is so shaky that you cling to the arms of your chair lest you pitch into the next row. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    This clear-eyed, low-budget drama is populated by troubled teens whose stories aren’t packaged in neat little bows. Their histories are sad, their feelings raw, their futures uncertain. show more

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