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12 and Holding

12 and Holding (2006)

March. 31,2006
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Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.


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Wow, I'm actually surprised. I did not expect this movie to be so good since it isn't very known, hard to find, and seems to be of a low budget. I think I'm going to do some research and buy the DVD. Like all the other reviews say, the characters are very realistic. The acting is awesome. I definitely recommend this one.


**spoiler alert** This film transforms three otherwise normal, middle-class, suburban middle-school children into a murderer, a strumpet and a kidnapper engaged in dangerous false imprisonment.Violent accidental deaths occur in the US and other countries daily. Are we really being asked to believe that they can cause criminal transformations in 12-year old family members and friends ? Unbelievable. For kids to engage in these types of crimes, there must be evidence of a twisted and seriously dysfunctional upbringing.I give the film four stars because of the superb ensemble acting. What I dislike is the forcible sharpening of round pegs to fit into square holes.


'Twelve and Holding' was an amazingly refreshing, surprise and gem of an independent film. I had very little to go on prior to viewing, only knowing that one of my favorite up-coming actors, Renner, starred in it. And being ignorant prior completely paid in dividends with the delight on how well made this adolescent coming-of-dark-ages movie was made. Though not a horror movie (despite one character donning a "Jason Voorhees"-like hockey mask,) I could certainly see Stephen King's vision of best buddies growing up too fast with adult tragedies, such as in his novels 'IT' and 'The Body' (or the movie 'Stand By Me.') How well they captured King's take on young kids dealing with very bad things was like watching a brand new King novel on screen. In this small town, each of three kids has their own demons thrust upon them. One's heavy and criticized to the point he embarks on bettering his and his mother's life. One's in love with someone 2 (or 3) times older. And the final has probably the most to worry about: dealing with large birthmark on his face, a brother who died "by accident" as well as a replacement brother. I really don't want to give away too much – believe me when I tell you, I barely scratched the surface. Sufficient to say, you need to see this movie. Excellent performances all around – I can't believe no one was nominated for Oscars, let alone the screenplay, director, etc. I haven't seen such a movie since the string of adolescent-drama films produced in the 70s/80s, such as, again, 'Stand By Me.' 'Holding' is completely original, had great music, appropriately comedic moments, excellently cast, suspenseful, emotional, and extremely thought provoking. Best recommendation is to recommend this gem to everyone after watching it.


Most movies addressing the tween population miss the mark. This film does not, in fact, it is right on the mark. Mature issues are addressed through the minds and actions of young adolescents.Tweens are part of the ensemble and, therefore, they consider themselves as part of our society and need to be heard.This film clearly depicts the fact that children, their thoughts and opinions and subsequent actions are very significant to our society. There are remnants of a "columbine" type of feeling to this movie as the main protagonist "takes matters into his own hands".A strong and poignant story to watch, but as it rolls by you know that it is depicting reality in one way or another. This movie is our new reality.A strong ***1/2 out of ****.Dkarter reporting from Montreal, Canada