Продюсер: Scott Heim (novel), Gregg Araki (screenplay)
Год выпуска: 2004
Актеры: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Neil McCormick), Brady Corbet (as Brian Lackey), Elisabeth Shue (as Ellen McCormick), Michelle Trachtenberg (as Wendy Peterson), Bill Sage (as Coach Heider), Jeffrey Licon (as Eric Preston (as Jeff Licon)), Lisa Long (as Mrs. Lackey), Chris Mulkey (as Mr. Lackey), Richard Riehle (as Charlie), Chase Ellison (as Neil McCormick, age 8), George Webster (as Brian Lackey, age 8), Rachael Nastassja Kraft (as Deborah Lackey, age 12 (as Rachael Kraft)), David Lee Smith (as Alfred), Riley McGuire (as Wendy Peterson, age 11), Ryan Stenzel (as Stephen Zepherelli)
Описание: Замкнутый, недоверчивый Брайан и веселый, раскрепощенный Нил – между ними общего так мало – и так много. Обоим кажется, что они вылетели на обочину жизни, что они аутсайдеры. Поездка в Нью-Йорк многое прояснит - и в их отношениях, и в понимании жизни…
Рецензии: I had high hopes for this film, since I have been a big fan of the novel on which it is based. The film exceeded my expectations in every way. Although quite faithful to the book (with many lines of dialogue and narration moving straight from Scott Heim's poetic prose), the movie has more drive and focus and pulls you so far into the troubled characters. Credit for the movie's strength goes all around -- director Araki put his mark on the story without taking it over. He got uniformily good performances (and somehow managed to direct scenes that any reader of the book would have thought completely unfilmable). Kansas has never looked better, or more sinister. The music is used well throughout.
And the acting is terrific. The two youngest leads, Chase Ellison and George Webster, were entirely convincing in their scenes (and I hope they feel proud of their work, seeing as how there's no way they'll get to see this movie until sometime next decade). Michelle Trachtenberg and Jeff Licon have fairly thankless roles, playing characters who are somewhat less clear and crucial in the film than their characters were in the book. But they don't sweat that, they just play what the screen play has them do, and they excel. Licon, especially, I think, although Trachtenberg is at a disadvantage, as her part is really pretty small.
And for me, at least, I think Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Brady Corbet, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt give about as good performances as one can give. Rajskub is so good that she gives the other actors in the film a space to react that is almost visible. Corbet is quiet and intense; if his performance sometimes lacks motivation, it is probably deliberate, as his character is struggling with identity and memory. And as for Gordon-Levitt, man, that guy can act. I really have a hard time thinking of any acting performance ever that has affected me as much.
It is a difficult story, although I felt it ends hopefully. Hopefully, you will agree. Content is very strong, although perhaps not NC-17 strong. Not for kids. Adults, if you can get past the 2nd scene, you can get through it, but there is a lot of outlawed sexuality and violence. It is painful to watch at times, but to me at least, that's because the actors and the director managed to immerse me in the characters.