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12 and Holding (2006)

Conor Donovan , Jesse Camacho , Michael Cuesta  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoe Weizenbaum, Annabella Sciorra, Jeremy Renner
  • Directors: Michael Cuesta
  • Writers: Anthony Cipriano
  • Producers: Amy Robinson, Andrew Spaulding, Brian Bell, Doug Mankoff, Frank Frattaroli
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000HC2M2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "12 and Holding" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by Michael Cruesta
  • Deleted scenes

Editorial Reviews

Shocking and intricate pre-teen coming of age tale where adolescence and adulthood collide, exploring the complexities of children losing their innocence and adults struggling to guide them. Sparked by the tragic death of Jacob's twin brother, a trio of friends band together as they grapple with feelings of revenge, grief and experiences of growing up. As each family's personal challenges are revealed, they learn to better understand each other and their own realities.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting and Gripping Tale January 2, 2007
To say that TWELVE AND HOLDING is a haunting film is an understatement. At the beginning we meet four twelve year olds: twins Jacob and Rudy Carges (both played by Conor Donovan), Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and Leonard (Jesse Comacho). We soon realize that the four are friends not so much because of what they share in common as much as the fact they are four people who have no one else. Jacob is disfigured and Rudy reluctantly comes to his rescue. His attempts to protect his brother, which may be due as much to pride as brotherly love angers some bullies who set his tree house ablaze not realizing he's in it. The remainder of the film focuses on the life the three remaining friends live after Rudy's death. Jacob becomes fixed on revenge and visits his brother's killers in prison without his parents' knowledge. His parents adopt a child as a replacement which is obvious to Jacob though not to the parents. Jesse becomes obsessed with losing weight because a coach feels sorry for him because he's the most overweight child he's ever seen. Malee falls in love with a construction worker who is a patient of her psychoanalyst mother. The film has a number of surprising plot twists which make it anything but predictable and we seem to get inside the world of some loners we all know exits but most of us never get to know.

There are many positive aspects of the film. The actors are convincing and the world created seems plausible. The story may seem too far fetched for some viewers, as some critics claimed when it was released and this would be true for most typical adolescents and even some who are not so typical, but we're talking about twelve year olds reacting to grief with no one to reach out to them. There are a few scenes that while interesting, don't quite connect to the larger story, but it is well paced, well acted, and certainly one that will remain with a viewer for a while.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Band of Brothers June 21, 2006
Rudy and Jacob Carges are twins and almost exact opposites: Rudy is brash, always willing to fight, good at sports and dedicated to his weaker, port-wine stained on the face brother, Jacob. The twins also have two good friends Malee Chaung (Zoe Weizenbaum): an in your face, smart as a whip, flute player and Leonard Fisher (Jesse Camacho): a way overweight kid who wouldn't think of camping out without a huge bag of pretzels and licorice. They are all 12 years old...hence the title but none of the four are in any way in a holding pattern. In fact they are all straining at the bit of pre-adolescence, dying to be teenagers, have romances and do whatever it is that they want. As in Director Michael Cuesta' previous film, "L.I.E.," these kids are mature beyond their years, conflicted and mostly very lonely.

Added to this pre-adolescence mix are a couple of adults: Annabella Sciorra as Malee's mother who is as lost if not more so than Malee and a sensitive, devastated, psychologically suffering Gus beautifully portrayed by Jeremy Renner ("Dahmer"). It is particularly heartening to see Renner playing someone other than a weirdo and nailing it.

Cuesta is after a lot more here then even in his richly textured "L.I.E." In "Twelve and Holding," he wants to expose the dynamics, troubles, slice open and expose the social and psychological machinations of the modern American family: and he pretty much succeeds on all fronts.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Distrubing yet thought provoking. January 2, 2007
This is generally not a family movie about adolescence. Although it is tame in comparison to other thought provoking adolescent movies. The movies has many characters of varying ages. Most of the acting is very good and the parts played seem very realistic. You aren't going to be thrown on a ride of precoscious drug and alcohol abuse with sexual expermentation. This movie plays a realistic role of what many preteens experience on a daily basis. The constant battle to be known and wanted. Self awareness seems to be a very important stage of these young characters lives and getting to know them makes this movie all that better. One character works to battle his being overweight while another becomes aware of her sexuality and uses it to flirt. Although the main character has to battle demons that knowone would wish on a child that young. His twin brother was killed in a terrible event and he faces those demons by confronting the two who killed him. This movie is chilling at points and can make you feel good at others. Just when you think it's going in one direction it throws you for a curve and puts you somewhere else. I think if you watch this movie you will be plestantly surprised...I was.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good script, good acting, and unpredictable. October 22, 2006
Destined to be a sleeper gem that will remain largely undiscovered by most folks due to the unpopular content: kids are portrayed not as innocent teddy bears, but as savvy, wise-beyond-their-years, young adults. This is a big, tough, serious drama, with tension and a big emotional punch that will connect. Brace yourself for a rocky ride.

It might have been more believable if the kids were all geniuses from a magnet school. Frankly I have never been acquainted with anyone quite as precocious and independent as the characters in this film. But maybe this is where the human race is headed in the future.

It offers a welcome respite from the same old saws being churned out by the movie industry. I prize originality, creativity and most of all, good writing, and this movie definitely has all that. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift
This was a birthday present and she loved it. It was in good condition and arrived on time for her birthday.
Published 5 months ago by Christina Davelaar
4.0 out of 5 stars very deep
I was really captivated by the kids' different issues. The ending was a surprise. Really good acting by everyone. If you like Indie movies, this is for you.
Published 5 months ago by wmblessing
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie to watch with your teens or about them
It's a great way to open up discussions about changes going on in a pre-teen or teen's life. It's scary, though really well done. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eve M Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting story.....painful to watch.....
I only recently heard about this film. Ordered from Amazon and received it in two days with Prime. Amazon is a great company and I have never been disappointed in their... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denise McCutchan
4.0 out of 5 stars Damaged case
the movie was in new condition, however the case looked like it was cut with a box cutter quite deeply.
Published 7 months ago by Ashley Villemonte
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Shipped fast I love the film, very good directing style. Its about young kids with problems. 4 out 5 stars.
Published 9 months ago by Logan Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Unforgettable
I don't write many reviews for videos I've purchased, but I felt compelled to with this story. The riveting plot had me on the edge of my seat, but what truly drew me in was the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
This movie, besides featuring one of my favorite actors (Jeremy Renner), was great. The storyline was realistic and exciting and I loved the performances by all of the actors. Read more
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