Mean Creek movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s a really great story, but isn’t too satisfying and is mildly slow as well. Mean Creek is a psychological drama with talented performances and a decent pace.


When adolescent Sam is bullied by another student who has trouble fitting in with the other teens, his older brother and his friends lure the bully into the woods on on the creek to seek revenge. But each of their lives are changed when their sick plan to humiliate George goes horribly wrong.

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Movie details

Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Cast: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder
Writer: Jacob Aaron Estes
Release Date (Australia): 4 August 2005
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong themes in the form of revenge, bullying, references to suicide and a scene in which a teenager drowns and his corpse is depicted.

Violence (M)

A character is knocked into a river and his head is hit, accompanied by bloody water detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

There is a single use of “c**t”, in addition to aggressive use of the words “f**k”, “p***y”, “s**t” and “d**k”.

Drug Use (M)

The film features marijuana smoking.

Nudity (PG)

The film contains a depiction of male buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains crude verbal and visual sexual references.

mpaa rating

R (for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Although the plot of this psychological teen drama is astounding, Mean Creek seems to slowly drag on until it starts getting emotionally intense and dark. So really, the film is best to be called ‘decent’. Unless you’ve never seen or heard about the film, you’ll know that it’s about the revenge on a bully which sounds satisfying, until it all takes the wrong turn.

Audiences expecting the teen performances in Mean Creek to be at least realistic will get what they’re hoping for. The acting is remarkable, and it feels easy to slide into the exciting emotions portrayed by the characters. The fact that the acting along with the story are both quite accurate, teens and adults will be impressed at the cast and crew.

So other than the slowness of certain areas in this film, it’s pretty much all perfect. Mean Creak’s teen performances and story will haunt you with childhood and adolescent memories. This incredibly dark, emotional and affecting story will attach tightly to you.

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