The Elephant King

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Released 2006

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Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The Elephant King is a 2006 drama written and directed by Seth Grossman. The film explores the relationship between brothers Jake (Jonne Roberts) and Oliver Hunt (Tate Ellington). Jake, a scientist working in Thailand, is living a life of reckless abandon. Oliver, who is suffering from depression, agrees to accept Jake's invitation to visit at the insistence of their overbearing mother (Ellen Burstyn). Their mother has had enough of Jake's shenanigans and wants Oliver to bring Jake home. When Oliver arrives in Thailand, however, his brother has other ideas. In an effort to entice him into his exotic lifestyle, Jake treats Oliver to a night of hedonistic pleasures. Swept away by the exotic locale and party atmosphere, Jake falls in love with a beautiful local bartender, Lek (Florence Faivre). As the story continues and the three descend further into a life of decadence, Oliver finds out his meeting with Lek was far more than a coincidence.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Nathan Lee

    Tells a colorful if conventional tale of dysfunctional Americans abroad. The misadventures of Jake and Oliver play off against the conflicted sympathies of the locals, who simultan...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Oliver's instant switch from bespectacled nerd to Thai-stick smoking, love-struck tourist is more embarrassing than convincing, as is the film's reliance on literally elephant-heav...

  • 50

    Variety

    The film may be too mainstream for arthouses, and too arty for the mall.

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