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Jailbait (2004)

R | | Drama | 2004 (USA)
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Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a ... See full summary »

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Brett C. Leonard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Jake
Michael Pitt ... Randy
Laila Robins ... Mother
David Zayas ... Guard
Eric Trosman ... Prison Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Albanese Brian Albanese ... Prisoner
Brad Lee Wind ... Skinhead
Ray Wineteer ... Prisioner
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Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a congenial yet remorseless lifer who casually informs Randy that he slit his wife's throat because she slept with another man just three months after they exchanged vows. Jake recognizes Randy's fear and offers him advice on how to make it in prison. But it soon becomes clear that Jake has much more than mentoring in mind as he takes Randy under his wing. "Jailbait" sets a darkly cerebral tone, juxtaposing brutality with the unattainable ideal of intimacy in the harshest of psychological environments. For these two men so yearning to be anything but who they are and where they are, power is the goal, and it's never clear who truly holds it right up to the last unsettling moment. Written by Kindred Media Group

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language including graphic sexual dialogue, and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,890, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$5,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,741
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Belladonna Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival See more »

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I want to see this as a play, not a movie
1 February 2007 | by mrwhitekeitelSee all my reviews

I started watching this movie with no pre-conceived notions. (I only decided to see it based on the presence of Michael Pitt, who has proved himself to be a very capable young actor, and that it was produced by the same producer as L.I.E. I had heard nothing about it.)I wish I had read a review before hand and saved myself some time and money. (Though the review I read here for it wouldn't have stopped me from seeing the film. They seemed to think simplicity means "art".) The acting was surprisingly good. That I am willing to say. If you want an acting class on how to react silently on film, Pitt's performance is sublime. Sadly, those moments do not save this clunker of a movie.

Some times you see a movie that was based on a play and you can feel the story not fitting the medium of film. This was a very similar experience to that. It was like watching a badly lit stage play with close ups. You are robbed of the joy of going to see a play while also being robbed of the pleasures of film. They are two completely different mediums and this movie fit neither one.

If it was play at a local theater, I would recommend it solely based on the mental exercise that would accompany the play on the ride home. But as a film, I must say this movie left me feeling flat. The camera felt intrusive. The pace felt forced. The violence seemed tame and unreal. Even the dialouge seemed as if it were written by someone who had never seen the inside of a prison. (Or if they had, it was in 1957.)The actors clearly did the best they could. They had to take this job for the chance to do good work and not for money, but sadly the direction and script didn't allow them to make a movie you don't forget about ten minutes before the credits even start.


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