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Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his [[NewAge new age parents]] the most--go straight! With a few weeks spent reading a library of self-help manuals, Placid has it all sorted out--and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it.

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Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his [[NewAge new age parents]] the most--go straight! most--[[RebelliousRebel go straight]]! With a few weeks spent reading a library of self-help manuals, Placid has it all sorted out--and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it.


* [[CasaLaneParenting Hands Off Parenting]]: Placid's parents


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* HandsOffParenting: Placid's parents


This [[AustralianMovies Australian gem]], written and directed by Tony McNamara, was nominated for multiple awards among moviegoers and critics in Australia, and won Best Screenplay (AFI), and the Australian Writers Guild.

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This [[AustralianMovies Australian gem]], written and directed by Tony McNamara, [=McNamara=], was nominated for multiple awards among moviegoers and critics in Australia, and won Best Screenplay (AFI), and the Australian Writers Guild.

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* BlatantLies: A lot of what Placid tells his boss. Amusingly enough, his boss sees through him but is amused by Placid's BS and so lets him get away with it.

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* ArcWords: "Living the dream." It's even the motto (translated into Latin) of the high school.


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* BrokenAce: Joel, Placid's boss at the insurance company.
-->''Hope I didn't freak you out with the pill-popping and vomiting up blood thing.''

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Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his [[NewAge new age parents]] the most--go straight! With a few weeks spent reading a library of self-help manuals, Placid has it all sorted out--and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it.

Can Placid Lake retire his rage in the pursuit of beige; embrace conformity and leap on the fast track to corporate success. Will his 'brainiac' friend Gemma be able to talk him out of this economic rationalist madness? And will poor Doug and Sylvia survive the ignominy of having a son with a burgeoning future in insurance? Never underestimate the evil of banality.

This [[AustralianMovies Australian gem]], written and directed by Tony McNamara, was nominated for multiple awards among moviegoers and critics in Australia, and won Best Screenplay (AFI), and the Australian Writers Guild.

The movie can be viewed on [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/61163/the-rage-in-placid-lake Hulu]].
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!This movie contains examples of:

* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Placid is so embarrassed by his hippie parents (who among other things send him to his first day of school in a girl's uniform) that he deliberately becomes the ultimate conformist.
* BrainyBrunette: Gemma.
* TheCameo: Claire Danes [[spoiler:at the insurance agency.]]
* [[CasaLaneParenting Hands Off Parenting]]: Placid's parents
* ConversationalTroping: Placid and Gemma, when Placid leaves for work at the insurance agency. Played more as banter than pointed discussion.
* CoolLoser: Placid could be considered this. Potentially averted, since it's brought up that he convinced one of the popular girls (Jenny) to have sex with him. See {{Manipulative Bastard}}.
* DraggedIntoDrag: Young Placid's parents sending him to his first day of school in a dress. Subverted slightly by the fact that Placid's mother is trying to challenge gender stereotypes.
-->"Darling, just remember you're challenging their pre-conceived notions of sexuality."
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Placid, to humorous effect, since his parents are horrified by his quest for normality.
* ManipulativeBastard: Placid, in spades.
-->'''Jenny''': You tricked me into having sex with you!
-->'''Placid''': How? By talking to you? By connecting with something deep within you?
-->'''Jenny''': Yes! ...Don't look at me like that.
-->'''Placid''': I'm looking at a facade, on top of a person who I think has something special inside of her, who hasn't got the guts to show it, who wants to hide who she really is, but is torn because she wants to burst out and say, "This is who I am, what I want, but have I the courage to be free of them?"
-->'''Jenny''': God. You're doing it again, aren't you?
* NerdGlasses: Gemma.
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:Placid and Gemma at the very end.]]
* SuddenlySexuality: [[spoiler:Bull. Especially since his ComingOutStory is very casually regarded.]] [[spoiler: Sylvia]] could be considered another example, [[spoiler: though her bisexual event is played off as just another part of her really liberal attitude in general]].
* TastesLikeDiabetes: In-universe, the original version of Placid's film, ''Life is Super Dooper.''
* TerribleTrio: Bull, Lachie, and Angus.
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