The Slaughter Rule

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Released 2002

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Director:
Alex Smith (VI)
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
The Slaughter Rule is a coming of age saga that chronicles the dreary and unstable life of high school senior Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling). Chutney is raised by his mother, Evangelline (Kelly Lynch), in the small Montana town of Blue Springs. When Roy's estranged father commits suicide, Roy is thrown into the depths of depression. His self-image takes another major blow when he is abruptly cut from his school's football team. He begins to drink heavily with childhood friend, Tracy Two Dogs (Eddie Spears), and begins a relationship with Sklya Sisco (Clea DuVall), the bartender at local dive. Roy is on a sure path to self destruction when the hard spoken but reclusive Gideon Ferguson (David Morse) offers him a spot on a private six-player football team called the Renegades. Uneasy situations have Roy questioning Gideon's interest in him and leave Skyla unsure about the future of their relationship. A slightly dark and disturbing study in human character, The Slaughter Rule is a must see for fans of independent films.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A bleak, lyrical meditation on the frontier spirit and American machismo and its torments.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Has the virtue of sincerity but not that of restraint. Unlike Terrence Malick, whose shadow looms over the film's visual style, the Smiths over-explain, not grasping that all those...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Strong performances, a few dramatically potent scenes and a vividly specific evocation of locale barely offset hackneyed and muddled elements in a script that plays like a first dr...

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    Drama, Sports

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    Independent, Football