December 1991 PG CC

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Set in a New England prep school on the day after Pearl Harbor, five close friends must choose whether to stay in school or go to war. Their decisions shock themselves and each other as they must grow up faster than they ever imagined.

Starring:
Balthazar Getty, Jason London
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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December

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Gabe Torres
Starring Balthazar Getty, Jason London
Supporting actors Brian Krause, Wil Wheaton, Chris Young, Robert Miller, Ann Hartfield, Soren Bailey
Studio IRS Media
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on May 15, 2005
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of Wil Wheaton, this is one of his biggest, best roles. It's a drama about 5 prep boys debating weather to join up after Pearl Harbor. The whole thing takes place during one night, December 8th 1941. Wheaton is taking a pacifist position, putting his best friendship with a patriot at risk. These boys seem to have a new emotional crisis in every scene, and unfortunately that makes their competent acting seem a bit over the top, and about halfway through the film it loses it's effect. However, you'll probably like December if you liked all of the following movies, even if it isn't as good as any of them: Stand By Me, Toy Soldiers, Dead Poet's Society, and The Emperor's Club. Of course they never do resolve who is right, or even tell what happens to any of them in the war; but they raise thought-provoking issues, such as can friendship survive diametric positions of patirot vs. pacifist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on June 20, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
DECEMBER is a fairly straightforward look at five New Hampshire Prep school chums who on a single night have to make a decision that for some is as easy as pie and for others is as terrifying as can be.Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor.The date is December 7,!941.Within minutes boys and men all over the U.S altered all of their plans for life and immediately entered the War effort (or so it is often portrayed!!!). DECEMBER takes a different approach; not everyone is gung-ho. DECEMBER examines how each boy feels about their prospects and motivations for entering WW2.

The problem with DECEMBER is that it is so centered on being a character study that it comes off more like a play for the stage.( Frankly, I think this film would have made a TERRIFIC stage play!). As a film, though, it is extremely claustrophobic, taking place in a dorm room, and the dialogue gets rather stale and tedious. In fact, I was squirming due to the lack of anything riveting to propel ANY action forward.What DECEMBER, though, does do well is to present the fact that not everyone in 1941 America was ready to drop everything to be a "hero." This, in itself, was refeshing enough to stand one viewing.

NOTE: the ONLY thing that DECEMBER has in common with DEAD POET'S SOCIETY or THE EMPEROR'S CLUB or HISTORY BOY'S is that it is filmed at a Prep School!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee W. Bailey on November 14, 2013
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Great film for its exploration of teens wrestling with whether to join WWII. Is serious and not for the whiz-bang crowd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FLPhotochick on December 22, 2011
Format: DVD
I thought this was a great movie. I liked how it portrayed the feelings of each young man in his decision to join in the war, or not.

Although I went to school with the director, I am not biased. Gabriel has always been a very talented story teller with a fabulous imagination. It would be an honor to have this movie in my collection. As far as language goes, it's pretty mild in comparison to many other movies out there. I'm sure that male students during this era used this language. It's not like swearing is anything new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Joan on October 19, 2013
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great historical movie. very accurate with the costumes, sets and information, sort of sad at times but overall a wonderful movie
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CHRISTIAN DEJOHN on March 1, 2010
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While it's healthy to be reminded that many (most, actually) Americans in late 1941 were opposed to entering World War two, this film displays a breathtaking sense of historical myopia. It makes much, rightly, of the emotional impact of Dalton Trumbo's pacifistic propoganda diatribe "Johnny Got His Gun" on the Will Wheaton character.

But as John Adams liked to say, "Facts are stubborn things." Mr. Trumbo was a militant Communist pushing an agenda. In the years leading up to World War Two, and after it began in 1939, Communists the world over (including in America) were ordered by Stalin to oppose the war and to oppose fighting Nazism- because to fight Hitler would help capitalist societies like Britain and France, then fighting for survival against Nazism. While ordering world-wide opposition to military preparedness ("militarism")to fight Hitler, Stalin was actually making back-door deals with Hitler to carve up Poland and other eastern European states. With breathtaking but typical Communist hypocrisy, when Russia was invaded by Hitler in June, 1941, Stlain ordered the world's Communists to agitate aggressively for a "Second Front Now," to releive Russia. War in defense of Poland, Britain, and France, according to Stalin and his sadly misguided Western followers like Mr. Trumbo, was senseless tragedy- but war to defend Stalins' regime was a morla imperitive- hence the hypocrisy of Mr. Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," that inspires the Will Wheaton character to oppose avenging Pearl Harbor.

None of this historical context of late 1941 is remotely mentioned in "December," although when Pearl Harbor was attacked, the brutal fighting in Russia, invlving millions of men, had been going on for six months after Hitler's invasion of Russia.
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Great teen angst and WW2 story about a group of teens that ponder what they should do after learning about Pearl Harbor being bombed by Japan.

Terribly hard to find this movie. Have sought it for more than 10 years. Glad to finally have a copy.
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