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The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 August 2003 (Australia)
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An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves

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Tony McNamara

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Tony McNamara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Brooking Jordan Brooking ... Young Placid
Ben Lee ... Placid Lake
Rose Byrne ... Gemma Taylor
Miranda Richardson ... Sylvia Lake
Lucas Fraccaro Lucas Fraccaro ... Bull (5 years old)
Cruise Moylan Cruise Moylan ... Angus (5 years old)
Zan Cross Zan Cross ... Lachie (5 years old)
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Doug Lake
Eleeza Hooker Eleeza Hooker ... Young Gemma
Yesse Spence Yesse Spence ... Jenny (as Jesse Spence)
Simone Cullinan Simone Cullinan ... Sharon
Socratis Otto Socratis Otto ... Bozo
Toby Schmitz ... Bull
Nathaniel Dean ... Lachie
Stephen James King Stephen James King ... Angus
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Storyline

Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his 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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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for anyone who ever felt different... your hero has arrived. See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$284,808
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Placid Lake: I try to find the positives in my experiences
Young Placid: [dressed in a frilly dress for his first day of school, and about to be pushed onto the playground by his hippie mother] Mummy, I *can't*.
Sylvia Lake: Darling, just remember you're challenging their pre-conceived notions of sexuality.
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Coming of age flick with a twist
28 August 2003 | by strangieSee all my reviews

When Placid Lake was a little boy, his mother sent him to school wearing a dress, just so he could experience sexuality from a different point of view. As a result, he had the snot punched out of him and for years is constantly the victim of bullies, though he found a soul-mate in the nerdy/studious Gemma. Gemma loses her mother at 8 and her father, not quite sure how to deal with children, wants her to be a scientist. Years pass - Placid still lives with his Mum and Dad, ageing hippies with an eccentric outlook on the world and is about to finish school. Placid's idea of rebellion is to make a prize winning video of school life which will net him $10,000 and help him achieve his dream of fishing in Montana. At the official screening which turns out to be a little disasterous he falls from the school roof and undergoes a life change. This is a quirky "coming of age" flick - with a relatively unknown cast (to those outside Australia). Ben Lee in the title role is well cast as the slightly nerdy but intelligent Placid, Rose Byrne's Gemma is terrific and Garry McDonald and Miranda Richardson as Placid's hippy parents are brilliant. Take the time to see this film - it's worth it!


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