The Rage in Placid Lake
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Australian playwright Tony McNamara makes his directorial debut with the offbeat comedy The Rage in Placid Lake, adapted from his own play The Cafe Latte Kid. In his first feature film, indie rocker Benny Lee stars as a troubled teen named Placid Lake. The child of new-agey eccentric parents (Garry McDonald and Miranda Richardson), Placid spends his childhood getting picked on by bullies. Fortunately, he finds friendship with classmate Gemma Taylor (Rose Byrne), whose father (Nicholas Hammond) pressures her to excel in school. After Placid shocks the school with his dark student film, he gets… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watching this movie is a bit like going to a dance where the drummer can't keep a steady beat. You think you should be laughing, but you just can't quite bring yourself to."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Polished and dark, but upbeat."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"There's an amusingly askance approach to the whole coming-of-age process that keeps us engaged."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Too broad and ridiculous to be an effective satire"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"All our expectations are turned on their head and tossed aside in The Rage in Placid Lake, a darkly comic coming of age story about a young man who tries desperately to fit in."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"An amiable film comedy that leaves you feeling good as opposed to feeling for your wallet."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"a brazen, mischievous look at rebellion"
‑ Keith Breese,
"A feel-good movie with some enjoyably deranged turns."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"A pleasurable but ephemeral moment for Oz Film."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"What's missing from McNamara's film is right there in the title: the anger that cauterizes teen-movie glibness and burns down to the heart of the matter."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Lee makes an engagingly laid-back lead and a bespectacled Rose Byrne is adorable as the geeky girl-next-door."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Presents the business world as a caricature without bringing fresh comic twists to a much-lampooned subject."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Struggles to find the right tone."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
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