Deliverance goes to high school in this grim, stripped-down fable of a prank gone bad. Friends decide to teach a lesson to a teenage bully by inviting him on a canoeing trip where they will humiliate him once and for all. The prank turns seriously sour, and the kids must deal with the consequences. Writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes takes a somber look at these lives, although his low-key approach makes the central tragedy seem melodramatic when it happens. The film isn't quite new enough to be truly revelatory, but Estes neatly avoids a River's Edge rehash by allowing his characters more than dead-eyed anomie. The actors hit their notes with precision, especially Rory Culkin (another of the Culkin family, with Macaulay and Kieran), Ryan Kelley, and Scott Mechlowicz. This is the kind of movie that may be slightly familiar to older audiences, but could easily be a home-video cult item with younger viewers. --Robert Horton
If anything, it's a beautiful day.
It smells like cherry blossoms.
How do you know what cherry blossoms smell like?
I know what they smell like!
Does anybody really know what a cherry blossom is?
Duh, it's a blossom on a cherry.
I don't know. I thought it was a blossom all on it's own. What do you think, Marty?
I think I'm bored as f***.
Ah... nothing beats a good piss in the river. Except for a good ole romping session with a certain fat f***er.
Yeah, about that - I wanna call it off.
I'm not laughing.
You mean to tell me that you get me all juiced up over this, I steal my mother's car and come down here on a Saturday, when I could be at home, watching television? I'm out here on this river with a bunch of munchkins who are sober as hell and bringing me down... and now you tell me that we don't even get to do what we came here for?
I dare you to drop your pants, and your underwear, and show all of us that famous dick of yours for ten seconds.
Okay. Alright, I will show you... because I am proud of my boys. But after this, no one is allowed to wimp out on any of their dares. Now, Millie, cover your eyes. Marty doesn't want to go to jail.
You guys wanna hear a gross story? This one time, Rocky and I were camping, and we got poison oak on our hands. We were really wasted, and we got poison oak on our hands. So, eventually, we gotta take a piss. Now, I don't know if you're "hip," Millie, but when a guy pisses, he has to hold his pisser with his hands. So the next morning, we woke up and both had really red rashy balls. The end.