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1[[quoteright:237:]]께->''[[{{Tagline}} Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret.]]''께''Mean Creek'' is a 2004 ComingOfAge psychological indie drama film starring Rory Culkin, Carly Schroeder and Creator/JoshPeck.께It tells the story of a bully called George (Peck) who beats up a fellow classmate Sam (Culkin) regularly. Sam's older brother and his friends decide to [[PayEvilUntoEvil get revenge on George for the bullying]] and invite him on a boating trip for the weekend.께They plan to [[GoneSwimmingClothesStolen make him strip and jump into the river, before abandoning him and forcing him to walk home naked]]. Also tagging along is Sam's friend Millie (Schroeder), who urges Sam to call the plan off.께Divided opinions in the group cause the plan to [[GoneHorriblyWrong backfire horribly]], and they are forced to deal with the consequences of their actions.께----!!Provides examples of:께* AdultFear: The film doesn't really address this until they go to see George's mother but think about it. George is convinced into not telling his mother where he's going. The audience knows that the kids are planning on pushing George in the lake and forcing him to walk home naked. Imagine being a parent and your child arrives home from the trip in ''that'' condition. [[spoiler: What actually happens is much worse]] - when the kids show up on her doorstep she has clearly been worried sick [[spoiler: and rightfully assumes the worst when she sees the expressions on their faces]].* AmbiguousDisorder: George says he has a learning disability. He says he can't read words right which hints at dyslexia while also displaying some characteristics of autism.* AnAesop: Peer pressure for the most part is harmful. [[spoiler:It can even be deadly.]]* AssholeVictim: {{Subverted|Trope}}, bordering on a deconstruction. [[spoiler:The group start to realise their mistake as soon as George shows he might not be so bad, being happy to be invited for the trip. They seem to come to the conclusion that nobody truly deserves to be tormented. Unfortunately George lands himself in it.]]* BerserkButton: Do not mention Marty's father. George also reacts violently when Sam touches his camera.* BigBrotherBully: Subverted. Sam's older brother Rocky is good and kind while Marty fits the stereotype perfectly, despite not actually being related to Sam.** Marty's brother Kyle is a straight example.* BitchAlert: Male example - Marty.* BreakThemByTalking: George's cruel, relentless mocking of Marty's dead father ("His daddy splattered his brains all over the wall!") is what breaks Marty and, in one way or another, [[spoiler:results in George's death]]. * BrokenRecord: "His daddy splattered his brains all over the wall."* CameraFiend: Subverted. George has made a very personal confessional on his video camera.* ChekhovsGun: Millie carves something into the tree [[spoiler: to mark where George's body is buried, so the police can find it]].* ClusterFBomb: The most famous scene in the movie, when [[spoiler:everyone lets George know why they brought him on the trip]], and he subsequently cusses out everyone on the boat.* CompanionCube: George's video camera, which he carries everywhere. The school, the boat, [[spoiler:and even the lake.]]* CountryMatters: [[spoiler:During his tirade, George calls Millie the c-word and prefaces it with an antisemitic slur. What makes his use of the word particularly shocking is that Millie is arguably the most sensible and innocent one here.]]* CoverDrop: The poster on this page exactly mirrors a shot in the movie following [[spoiler:George's death]].* CreatorCameo: Of a sort. When Marty is aiming Kyle's pistol, he mentions a "Mr. Estes". The director's name is Jacob Aaron Estes.* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: [[spoiler: Millie attempts to revive George, it doesn't work]].* DeadHandShot: One of the posters depicts [[spoiler:a dead George's forearm]] covered with dirt and leaves.* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:By the halfway point, Marty is the only one in the group that is willing to go along with the plan. Too bad George dies because of it.]]* DisappearedDad: Marty's father who killed himself. If George has a father we don't see him.* TheDogBitesBack: Clyde gets bullied by Marty and George throughout the whole film and finally snaps [[spoiler:when Marty wants to bury the body]].* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:George drowns, the kids bury his body but then decide to come clean to the police. They'll likely be treated sympathetically but will be forever haunted by the experience. Marty also begins a life of crime as he runs off to Mexico]].* GenreDeconstruction: As Creator/RogerEbert put it, "'Mean Creek' joins a small group of films including [[spoiler:'[[Film/RiversEdge The River's Edge]]' and 'Film/{{Bully}},']] which deal accurately and painfully with the consequences of peer driven behavior."* GoneHorriblyWrong: Saying that is quite the understatement.* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: The kids plan to do a variation of this to George as punishment.* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Millie has white-blonde hair which is appropriate for the most innocent of the group. She wears a lot of white too.* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:George slams the door on himself when he makes a crack about Marty's father and then further digs himself into it when he taunts the others after finding out about the prank]].* {{Irony}}: George makes fun of Millie, Sam, and Clyde for not wanting to play Truth or Dare not knowing that they are trying to protect him.* JerkassHasAPoint: Even though Marty was acting out of line after George's death, he was right about no one showing sympathy for people who throw fat kids in the river, and about the possibility of the kids getting in trouble for what had happened.* LIsForDyslexia: George.* MoodWhiplash: The trailer caught a ''really'' bad wind of it halfway through. The first half makes the movie seem like an innocent, light-hearted comedy of sorts. [[spoiler:Then we see the scenes depicting George's death]], and everything converts to extremely depressing.* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: George. He's actually a very lonely kid with an AmbiguousDisorder which makes him very defensive of his camera.* NotSoAboveItAll: After being taunted by George, Millie tells the others to start the Truth or Dare game.* OhCrap: George's mother when she sees the group standing outside her door. It's ''really'' PlayedForDrama.* PayEvilUntoEvil: Marty's rationalisation of the plan.* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler: Millie says this several times while trying to revive George.]]* PrecisionFStrike: Innocent little Millie lets loose two f-bombs, [[spoiler: when she can't revive George.]]* PrisonRape: Briefly mentioned:-->'''Clyde''': But the idea of [[spoiler: burying the body]] is nuts.\'''Marty''': Going to jail and getting raped every night for the rest of your cute little fucking lives is nuts.* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: George gives one to Millie, Sam, Clyde, and Marty [[spoiler: when he finds out about the prank.]]* SceneryPorn: Especially when they go out on the lake.* ShipTease: In universe, Rocky dares [[ToyShip Sam and Millie to kiss,]] and Marty forces them to.* ShrinkingViolet: Sam.* ShutUpHannibal: Clyde is disgusted, after Marty [[spoiler: suggests burying George's body,]] and tells him off about the potential holes in his plan.* SpannerInTheWorks: Marty. [[spoiler: His insistence in playing truth or dare, leads to George being killed.]]* StressVomit: Sam, after [[spoiler: they couldn't revive George.]]* TotallyRadical: Averted to a degree. There's no eighties slang from the kids (the creator is an '80s kid), but for some reason they act as if Super Soakers are the best thing ever, and reference fantasizing about Creator/HeatherLocklear and Creator/ShannenDoherty, who would have been in their [=40s=] when the film came out.----


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