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New Port South (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 September 2001 (USA)
A group of teenagers wish to rebel against the administrators and teachers (the system) in their suburban Chicago high school called New Port South.

Director:

Kyle Cooper

Writer:

James Hughes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Shields ... Maddox
Will Estes ... Chris
Kevin Christy ... Clip
Melissa George ... Amanda
Brad Eric Johnson Brad Eric Johnson ... Knox
Gabriel Mann ... Wilson
Todd Field ... Mr. Walsh
Nick Sandow ... Armstrong
Raymond J. Barry ... Edwards (as Raymond Barry)
Lawrence MacGowan Lawrence MacGowan ... Lawson
Michael Shannon ... Stanton (as Mike Shannon)
Rebekah Nanfria Rebekah Nanfria ... McAmmond (as Rebekah Louise Smith)
Janelle Snow ... Foster
Chad Christ ... Morehouse
Dahlia Salem ... Kameron
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A cranky high school student cons his friends into helping him with a propaganda blitz against the school administration which results in a student body riot and the inevitable moral lesson... all set to a trance-hop soundtrack. Written by Anonymous

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Some students can't be dismissed

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the title "New Port South" changes to "New Youth" with the rebellious students logo used as the letter Y. See more »

Soundtracks

EVEN DEEPER
(Telefon Tel-Aviv Remix)
Written by Trent Reznor and Danny Lohner
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Courtesy of Nothing Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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High school rebellion movie with more loose ends than an Abba jacket
18 June 2005 | by Platypus_BillSee all my reviews

About five minutes in, and I saw where this was heading. Bunch of high school kids get annoyed by the school's administration and thoughts of rebellion start fomenting. I said to my girlfriend: if it gets below a 5 on IMDb, I'll go and read a book. It got 5.0, so she persuaded me to go on watching. What are the good things? Well, it is a good thing this film does not have a story, because you would surely be distracted from it by the editing. It's like the student's drawing that was torn up by one of the teachers, all the footage for this film was cut up in a freak accident involving a meat-grinder, and left half the stock destroyed, with the other half spliced into two-second bits. Even in a ten-second scene of the local TV news, there are about six cuts and three different angles. And then there are the montages. These are all set to electronic music, which forewarns you of yet another montage, so that like Pavlov's dog you start cringing every time you hear it, which is about every three minutes. Oh, I was supposed to say what's good about this film. Well, the film was shot very well, with a nice color palette, that nicely matched the emotional content - such as there was - of the scenes. Okay, now with the film's major flaw, and it wasn't the story, or lack thereof. The director made that fatal mistake of leading you astray about people and situations, not by clever storytelling, but by being highly selective about what to show about the main characters. That's just cheating. I guess he did it in order to make the central character more likable. But it just became plain annoying. If the story is full of holes, it's no good trying to patch it up by misdirecting the viewer. And often there wasn't even any point to it. And then the ending. Basically, the main villain of the peace turns out be an okay guy, if a coward. Plus it turns what seemed to be the whole point of the movie, that you should stand up for a just cause on its head, by the already mentioned misdirection, and makes it into a point about the nature of revolutions, that was already made, and much better, by animal farm. It also committed what I call the Bill Cosby sin: no matter how things may seem at first, in the end adults are always right, and children always wrong. And let's face it: unless you're me, that's just not true.


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Language:

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