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Release Date: April 25th, 2003

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 2004

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

Production Co: Manic LLC, Next Wave Films

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • If the movie is not original, at least it's a showcase for the actors and writers. It does not speak as well, alas, for director Jordan Melamed and his cinematographer, Nick Hay. show more

  • 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

  • Excellent performances redeem Jordan Melamed's gritty teenage version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." show more

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