"Mean Creek"

Essay by MessiadbunnyHigh School, 11th grade February 2006

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"Mean Creek" is a fictional story that teaches us all the consequences of bullying, and how retaliation is not the true way to solve bullying. This movie shows in a third-person perspective how one boy's life is destroyed, by a mere vengeful plot to get back at Sam; who is being bullied by George in the opening sequences of the movie. The boys aren't initially trying to be harmful; they even get to the point of where you believe they may even like the kid they initially plotted to humiliate in spite of the fact that he was being so wretched towards Sam. But the story takes another twist from this point in the movie; it gets very hostile on the boat when personal lives become the conversation. Things are said that seem to push people over the edge, to the point of major hostility, violence, and eventually...

murder. They end up putting the ultimate punishment of death upon George; although this wasn't seemingly intended it happened because of just verbal attacking. This just goes to show how much just a single sentence can affect someone; even if the statement is just out of pure spite and without thinking it can change someone's life drastically as shown in dramatic representation in this film. The unintended death strikes the kids with fear and unease. They try to hide the fact that George was killed, but eventually their morals and the fact that they can't effectively hide the murder kicks in and they turn themselves in. The film then continues with a depressing, bleak theme of showing the interview process of the boys, and the sadness of all the characters. It continues with this depressing mood up until the end, where they give a little incite to George's life.

This movie is probably one of the best private films I've ever seen. It's brutally honest in it's' portrayal; It even gets to the point where it's gruesome, but speaks a heart wrenching message. In this movie you can probably relate to one, if not all of the character's lifestyles. It's a dramatic representation of two lessons in life of equal importance. The horrid effects of bullying were shown by everyone on the boat. The effects of how just words alone can effect life was shown clearly towards the middle of the movie; during the journey on the boat there was words that clearly showed emotions changing in the boys' attitudes. Death, obviously being the most effective portrayal of the effects of the verbal conversation.

The Characters in this movie were amazing; each of the actors played a very realistic portrayal of kids in adolescence. The characters lifestyles was that of many realistic lifestyles of children today, making the film that much more realistic and touching. There was a fair amount of swearing in the movie by some of the older kids but let's face it, that's how many young-adults speak these days. The fact that the acting was so realistic and close to home made the film that much more emotional to viewers. It makes you feel for every one of the kids at some point in the movie. You can barely sit through the movie without becoming teary-eyed at some point.

In conclusion this movie is a must see. This movie is not only one of the best dramas to ever be filmed; it's also got life lessons and morals deep within the movie. It may not have any famous actors, but it sure has some top quality acting in it. The movie contains about any possible emotion expressed by a human. Granted, this is not a children's movie so I wouldn't recommend taking your 6 year old kid to see it. They wouldn't grasp the underlying morals and truths of the movie. They probably shouldn't be exposed to the excessive amount of adult language in the movie. But for anyone who hasn't seen this and is of suitable age should see this.