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3.42

Awesome: 24.24%
Worth A Look48.48%
Just Average: 0%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
Sucks: 27.27%

2 reviews, 21 user ratings


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Rage in Placid Lake, The
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by Dr Nick

"It's a crazy world"
4 stars

Hugely entertaining comedy about an Australian teenager, trying to find his place in this strange world. Funny and thought-provoking, it's a film about the importance of having dreams and being yourself.

Placid Lake gets off to a bad start in life. First of all, with a name like that, he is destined for bullying. Then, on the first day of primary school, his hippy mother forces him to wear a dress as she wants him to be more open-minded than the other children with their "preconceived notions of sexuality". After spending most of his teenage years overanalysing everything and subsequently getting beaten up for it, Placid has an accident which leaves him hospitalised. After recovering, he realises that he must change and become "normal". This involves giving up his creative ways and fearless attitude towards life, getting a George W Bush haircut and becoming a filing clerk (in charge of the letter "P") for a large insurance company. But, the corporate world is not really for Placid and he tries to play the game by his own rules.

The film is a very satirical look on life and trivialises all the things that are generally seen as important. The notion that a good education will get you far is deeply challenged. University recruitment videos are compared with Nazi propagandha and the institutions themselves are portrayed as nothing but expensive day-care centres for rich kids. Money, family life and sex gets the same treatment. Placid's co-worker offers him sex to release her tension. He declines, so she decides to masturbate herself to orgasm in the office instead. It's all depressing when you think about it, but extremely funny to watch. Ben Lee might not be the best actor in the world, but with these lines it's hard to go wrong. The dialogue is clever and well-written and he looks perfect for the part of ultra-intelligent Placid.

Placid's hippy parents don't realise that they are the reason their son has been bullied for the main part of his life, and they're proud of the free-spirited, creative, fearless person he he has become. So, when he decides to become a business man, he completely breaks their hearts. By deciding to become "normal", he finds the only way he can hurt his parents, something he's never managed to do (he even gets away with calling his dad a "fucking, fuck-face cocksucker") But, then again, the relationship between Placid and his parents is a strange one. When his mother complains about their deteriorating sex life ("he used to live between my legs") and his father's lack of interest in her orgasms, Placid has to step in and sort out his parents problems. He walks in on his mother in the middle of a sex session with another woman. Yes, it's an interesting life being Placid butit's quite understandable that he is messed up.

In the end it all comes down to the importance of being happy with yourself and what you do with your life. We learn that you can play the corporate game by your own rules if you're clever enough ,and that there's always room for creative minds. But, in the end, no matter how clever you are, by working for the man you're still trading your soul for expensive cars and money. And nothing good can come out of that.

Funny and clever, The rage in Placid Lake is a delight from start to finish.

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originally posted: 08/14/03 06:39:47
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User Comments

5/19/05 ABomb Film school try-hard shite. Ben Lee's performance' is the worst ever in an Australian film. 1 stars
2/07/05 PR Excellent!. Great performances all round 5 stars
1/16/05 Gullytrap The rage in the foyer afterwards more like it. 1 stars
1/13/05 Elbow Amateurish and embarrassing. Ben Lee CANNOT act! Student filmmaking on taxpayers money. 1 stars
7/01/04 Lavi Really entertaining and funny...Check it out! 5 stars
2/28/04 iiiiiii worst fukin movie ive eva seen, i had 2 watch it 3 times 4 skool and id rather give me dad 1 stars
2/03/04 raouljohn An excellent entertainment - well worth a look . . . 4 stars
9/21/03 Manna Im an Aussie and i HATED it 1 stars
9/21/03 Nicki They should pay YOU to watch it 1 stars
9/21/03 John brave performance from ben lee 5 stars
9/16/03 Neil Excellent, Really Excellent, One Of The Best I have Seen 5 stars
9/08/03 nat it was bloody awesome 5 stars
9/03/03 Jay Really good film! 5 stars
9/02/03 Mark Davis Agree with Bitchslap. Loved this film. Ben Lee impressive; Rose Byrne excellent. 4 stars
9/02/03 Jaden The Best Australian Movie Ever! 5 stars
9/01/03 rk thoroughly enjoyable, very funny satire 4 stars
8/14/03 Paul Dempsey Cigarettes will kill you and so will this toxic crap! 1 stars
8/14/03 John Conner Aussie just seem to go from bad to worse. 1 stars
8/05/03 Barry Olek Rubbish 1 stars
8/05/03 John Montague One of the funniest films Iv'e seen in years - a must see 5 stars
7/30/03 Adam Butler This is a great movie. It has a great story, a brilliant cast, and an extremely funny cameo 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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