The Rage in Placid Lake

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Released 2003

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Director:
Tony McNamara
Released:
2003
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The Rage in Placid Lake is a 2003 Australian comedy directed and written by Tony McNamara. Placid Lake (Ben Lee) has just graduated from high school and is ready to get on with the rest of his life. High school was terrible for Placid, he always felt like he was a misfit, thanks to the bullies who tortured him for being different. Placid and his family live a Bohemian lifestyle, despite living in the suburbs. When a series of unfortunate events occur, Placid begins to reconsider his lifestyle. Gemma Taylor (Rose Byrne), Placid's best friend begs him to reconsider, but he decides to go forward with his new plans anyways. With no different lifestyle role-models to learn from, Placid tries to take in as much knowledge as he can from multiple self-help books. Will Placid reject his Bohemian upbringing by choosing a more mundane lifestyle, or will he decide to stick with what he knows?

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  • 75

    Boston Globe Ty Burr

    For every line of dialogue that's truly, glitteringly acid, though, there are five that are merely clever, and Lee, likable as he is, never really taps into the misery of the teen ...

  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Taking satiric aim at a familiar target, conformity, Australian playwright Tony McNamara's film debut is by turns incisive and broad.

  • 50

    Variety David Stratton

    Melds an insightful observational style with some rather clunky satire and the resulting mix is uneven at best.

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