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Jailbait (2006)

Stephen Adly Guirgis , Michael Pitt , Brett C. Leonard  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Michael Pitt, Laila Robins, David Zayas, Eric Trosman
  • Directors: Brett C. Leonard
  • Writers: Brett C. Leonard
  • Producers: Brett C. Leonard, Cassandra Kulukundis, Corbin Day, Dan O'Meara, David Imperiale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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: B000I2JDDU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Randy commits a victimless 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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival, "Jailbait" is the story of Randy, just a few years out of high school, who makes the mistake of testing California's "three strikes" felony law (on two pot possession charges and one vandalism) and finds himself with a 25 year prison sentence. The film opens with his goodbye to his mother and arrival at the prison, where he is assigned a cell with an older "lifer", Jake, who befriends him at first, but later preys on Randy's fear and the intimacy they developed in order to manipulate him and get what he wants.

A powerful film which, on its surface, shows how our prison system fails young men like Randy, who become default playthings for the older, stronger inmates. It also illustrates, without discussion (beyond Jake's laughter when he learns why Randy is there), the stupidity of any law that mandates a lengthy sentence regardless of the circumstances. In the two lead roles, Michael Pitt (Randy) and Stephen Adly Guirgis (Jake) provide riveting performances that would have been rewarded if the subject matter was a bit less controversial. Rated R for language and discussion of sexual activity, although there is no sex or nudity in the film itself. The only DVD extra is the trailer and chapter stops.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocker! A+ May 3, 2007
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I own this film and actor Michael Pitt really shines in this role. This film is an absolute rollarcoaster ride that takes place in one jail cell...and there's no way out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Less than I had expected! January 4, 2010
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In reading the reviews of others on this site, I am very surprised to see how well this movie was reviewed! I am firstly a big fan of the star actor in this film, Michael Pitt, so it is mainly for that reason that I found and bought this movie, and also it sounded like an interesting concept and movie in the first place- It has also been linked to some of my favorite more underground film-makers and was linked to a lot of other movies that I happen to love! That said, I guess I had high hopes for this movie and really WANTED to like it. I did not end up DISLIKING it, it was more a factor of disappointment than anything else. I felt like it ended rather abruptly, which was surprising to me and not what i would have expected, & was without conclusion, and most of all (WORST of all), without serving any sort of point or making any message clear. It's bad enough that the ENTIRE movie, save for a whopping 5 minutes here and there, was all shot in the exact same setting- a jail cell, and the whole movie consisted of little else than dialoge, which was limited to only two characters to begin with. So needless to say, it was VERY lacking in action or suspense, and ran very dry, as though there was no plot. The way it ended so suddenly was probably what annoyed me the most of all, though. I guess you could say that it was very realistic, in that life is not very entertaining in the everyday scheme of things, so I guess in that light, it was realistic and probably very much like that of ACTUAL conversation/a day in jail...But that's the ONLY thing, and I've always thought the point to watching a movie was to be entertained, if we wanted reality we would just not turn on the tv and just watch life unfold. Read more ›
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Jailbait deserves your undivided attention upon the first viewing so you can appreciate the powerful performances by its two leading men, but after you've watched it once, it's the perfect movie to put on if you're doing something else. The majority of the film takes place in a single cell, with only two other shooting locations. There are extremely extensive monologues that don't require you to watch very closely. By and large, this movie uses the same set-up as most Sunday comics in the paper: it's just two talking heads.

If you're looking for a harrowing, fast paced, action driven movie, this isn't the fit for you. It has a very unrelenting tedium to it, creating insight into what it might be like to have years stretching out ahead of you and less than 100 square feet to spend it in. Some of the dialogue is quite funny, but by and large, this is a bleak film. I preferred not to take it as preaching about the three strike system as it's not nearly as cut and dry of an issue as they make it out to be, but that is just a personal preference.

If you like ramble about your living room with a movie on in the background and you don't mind that the most charismatic character also happens to be the antagonist, this might be a pick for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Performance By Adly Guirgis October 29, 2008
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This movie I fell for for 2 reasons...First,because I am a major Michael Pitt lover and secondly because Stephen Adly Guirgis is one hell of an actor. Guirgis gave a performance in this movie like nobody's business, it was inspeakably incredible and powerful. Has this actor done anything else because he really deserves to up there as one academy award winning actor!!! Michael Pitt is his meek adorable self as usual though he plays a convict in jail for writing obscene language on a man's car which gets him 25 years in the cell. The chemistry between their characters is really powerful because one is domineering while the other is all out submissive and gives in to the other character's demands and requests. But at the end I believe they begin to realize they need each other to get through their time in the joint. Great dialogue and great acting by Guirgis and Pitt. If you like joint flicks, I really think you're going to like this one.
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