Archie's Final Project 2011 NR

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Archie Williams is a 17-year old media geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He has announced that he's going to kill himself - on camera- for a class project. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, on the realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers.

Starring:
David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Archie's Final Project

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director David Lee Miller
Starring David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway
Supporting actors Brooke Nevin, Nora Dunn, Michael Welch, Zachary Ray Sherman, Vanessa Lengies, Gabriel Sunday, Tony Hale, Joe Mantegna, Sandy Martin, Tim Halligan, Steven Anthony Lawrence, Stephen Sowan, Robert Kurcz, Ernie Garrett, Katie Traina, Kurtis Bedford, Jolene Adams, Rebecca Adams
Studio Big Air Studios
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Customer Reviews

This film is creative and unique and is successful at creating empathy for the characters.
Triggah
A very emotional film that shows that you are not alone when it comes to depression and suicide.
Harley
I saw this when it premiered locally, and it is easily one of the best movies I've ever seen.
Noah

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Durham on October 2, 2011
Format: DVD
I saw 'Archie's Final Project,' under the title 'My Suicide,' at the Florida Film Festival a couple years ago. The movie has stuck with me ever since. Though the description might turn people away, I urge everyone to see it, especially if you are an adolescent or young teenager feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of growing up.

The movie is a dark comedy about a boy who, for his final project at school, is going to kill himself on camera. Before you say, "how distasteful," and move on to another film, I think you should know that the film was made with the close partnership of a suicide prevention group, and has an underlying message of understanding, compassion, and support for pre-teens and teens struggling with keeping a happy face.

The movie has also spurred a online community of "Archies," likeminded people who have dealt with suicide and depression in varying degrees.

My favourite thing about 'Archie's Final Project' is how quickly, and seamlessly, it can shift from tear-jerking, to funny, to serious within minutes. Full of pop-culture references a heart-felt emotion, paired with top-notch acting (not to mention amazing editing), 'Archie's Final Project' is not to be missed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Noah on September 16, 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this when it premiered locally, and it is easily one of the best movies I've ever seen. I was blown away, it's really quite unlike anything I've ever seen before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie on November 20, 2011
Format: DVD
Hi, I had the pleasure of seeing Archie's Final Project a few years back at a film festival when it was titled "My Suicide". The first thing I thought while walking out of the theater was wow, that is nothing I have ever seen before. You will be amazed at the details, design, fast editing that this film has thoroughly examined. For the film, it deals with a heavy subject, teenage suicide. Now out of all the films I have seen, "The Virgin Suicides", "Thirteen" (that was a pretty good one), for this generation Archie's Final Projects hits directly home. Every thing said, done, is exactly what teenagers are going through, without being too overly dramatic or lacking of. There are even hits of comedy which makes moments of laughter, but overall the seriousness of the film and the message is real, you are submerged with the characters and the emotions that you can't help but feel. Archie is a kid that genuinely yearns for connection, the feeling of being in touch with others. He is a media geek, but who isn't nowadays in this 21st century? With all this technology, I can see why someone would break. With that being said, please do yourself a favor, and watch this film. At least once, and educate your children.. Teachers, parents, mental health professionals this is a must.

Directed by: David Lee Miller

Starring: Gabriel Sunday, Brooke Nevin, Mariel Hemingway, David Carradine, Joe Mantegna, Nora Dunn, and Michael Welch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Park on May 30, 2014
Format: DVD
{4.33 stars}

ARCHIE'S FINAL PROJECT is a truly one-of-a-kind film, one that deserves much wider attention but is bound to retain its cult status--There's just no other place for it. Low budget but not cheap, darkly funny but not cynical, it includes a impressive cast roster: Mariel Hemingway, Joe Mantegna, with an especially fine performance by David Carradine as Charles Bukowski-ish street poet "Vargas."

AFP gives one of the more convincing portraits of high school that I've seen on film, particularly in how it confronts the special info-overload nihilism that so many of today's youth face. The relationship of Archie (Gabriel Sunday) and Sierra Silver (Brooke Nevin) defies all stereotypes and is very real. Zachary Ray Sherman is also memorable as Archie's taken-for-granted pal, Corey. Though this film is all about a depressed high school misfit who plans to film his own suicide for a Social Media class project, there are all sorts of other big themes here--the meaning and value of human relations, love, life-in-general, you name it--that are addressed without degenerating into clichés. Without becoming gaudy, AFP also does an impressive job of meshing animated fantasy sequences with its reality. The middle portions become a little tiresome and repetitive in places, but this film meanders its way to a powerful ending that, like the entire point it makes about life, is worth sticking around for.

I've noticed a lot of complaints about how gritty and nasty AFP is. There's a lot of profanity, non-gratuitous, realistic violence, and some brief and unrevealing sex between 17-year-olds. Yet, while the film's subject matter is conveyed with such brutal honesty that it's shocking in places, there's nothing truly tasteless here.
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By Little Bits on May 11, 2014
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Interesting insights into the mental and emotional journey of a teen who thinks there is something romantic about taking one's own life.
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There are so many 5 Star attributes to this movie... I wholeheartedly support micro-budget filmmakers, but to realize David Carradine and Mariel Hemingway are members of the cast (even if they worked for free) then there were some SAG rules involved in making this movie and that causes the production to look opportunistic: Low cost "no-name talent" plus star-power cameos equals a "laughing all the way to the bank" production that I felt uneasy about recommending.

Knowing David Carradine had an asphyxiation accident in 2009 didn't help me sit through this movie about suicide either.
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