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Rites of Passage [Blu-ray] (2011)

Wes Bentley , Kate Maberly , W. Peter Iliff  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wes Bentley, Kate Maberly, Ryan Donowho, Travis Van Winkle, Christian Slater
  • Directors: W. Peter Iliff
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NA3HTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,693 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nathan (Ryan Donowho), an anthropology student, invites a few of his classmates and their professor (Stephen Dorff) to his family's abandoned ranch once a sacred Chumash burial ground to recreate an ancient ceremony. There they meet Nathan's psychotic older brother Benny (Wes Bentley) and drug fueled Delgado (Christian Slater). The students then embark on a rite of passage that no one will ever forget.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I KEEP MY BIBLE UNDER THAT PILLOW! July 29, 2012
Benny (Wes Bentley) and Nathan (Ryan Donowho) are brothers who live on the Anderson Ranch which boasts some Indian burial grounds. Benny has a friend , Delgado (Christian Slater) who stays there and manufactures drugs. Both Delgado and Benny made a powerful hallucinogen from the root of gypsum. Benny does things under the influence of the drug he doesn't remember, regrets and can't fix.

Nathan invites the anthropology class out to the ranch while a bunch of crazy stuff is going on. Soon they all drink the Gypsum tea and all hell breaks loose.
The movie has some humorous moments, but is far from a comedy.

F-bomb, sex, no nudity but a lot of bikini/bra and panties stuff, derogatory toward Christianity in the beach scene. 3 1/2 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Delusions of adequacy September 22, 2014
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This was suggested to me as a dark comedy, but all it really is, is a slasher film with a bit of pretentiousness. Attempts are made to bring in serious questions about cultural change, the nature of relationships, and other "deep" issues- but none of it really pays off, and it's all discarded once the killing begins.
Lazy writing is particularly annoying here. By my count, at least 2 or 3 characters are just dropped, their fates never commented on.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of Humor and Horror October 24, 2012
By Jim C.
This film had a great mix of original humor and horror. The party and action scenes were shot very well with realistic dialog and visual effects. Humor was filtered into different scenes to give the film audience some relief from the horror that was facing this group of college aged students. Entertaining and a good show for the college aged and above who are looking for some fun and chills.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"Grandmother Malloy I've come to beg for your roots. I promise to do you no harm. I need to borrow your magic for tonight." After an anthropology student decides to take a few of his classmates to a family ranch in order to do a mock ritual for extra credit they get more then they expect. His brother seeing this as a chance to get revenge for his family decides to make the ritual a real thing. So going in I was thinking this was going to be decent. While I was not totally wrong it could have been way better. The beginning was actually pretty entertaining and a little funny. The longer it went on though the more it started to drag and I was just interested enough to want to find out what happened. What started off as an interesting idea devolved into the kids in an abandoned area start getting killed off one by one type movie. While this is not a terrible movie this is still just OK. Overall, a fun and entertaining beginning gives way to a formulaic ending that isn't as fun. I give it a C+.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a different kind odf movie July 2, 2013
By jeona
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when I first started watching it I thought that it was kinda stupid. I watched the whole thing and was not impressed. Now I gac=ve it a second chance and i'm glad that I did. it turned out to be a good movie. I am glad I purchased it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and a lot of fun! April 15, 2013
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I loved the mix of blood and humor here. It took a routine premise of kids in a cabin and had a lot of fun with it. But also had some interesting unique character developments that you don't normally find in a story like this.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted indie flick October 28, 2012
A certain ursine psychedelic trip in this film made me jump like few scenes in movies have. An achievement on its own, the film surprised me by firstly having competent characters and secondly by how effective the villains (indeed all the characters) were at feeling three-dimensional and yet still fitting into the thematic environment of a thriller/slasher film.

I most liked the kid with the glasses, played by Ryan Donowho. I too have felt a desire to connect with nature and the people that once lived here before me, and his plight (and the outcome of his efforts) can be read as a commentary on our modern world's inability to connect with the Chumash and other Native Americans like they should.

I discussed the aforementioned thoughts about our society's missing attitude towards friendly negotiations with the Chumash that this film clearly comments on. I also appreciated watching a slasher film where the college students (at least most of them) were three-dimensional intelligent characters instead of the unrealistic morons who usually star in these sorts of films. These characters were kids I could actually imagine going to UCSB.

All in all, a good film that does a good job not taking itself too seriously despite the content.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent and disappointing January 13, 2013
So bad, I wanted to turn it off within 10 minutes but then I wouldn't have the pleasure of ripping it a new one. From the description, I expected an indy psychological thriller; I encountered an unoriginal, typical teenage horror film that tried and failed miserably at being mysterious and atmospheric. I had grave misgivings before viewing when I saw it starred Christian Slater--not that he's a horrible actor but he appears in some of the cheesiest films. However, I gave the movie a chance because it also starred Stephen Dorff--he could do nothing to salvage this film. The movie ultimately failed because it never settled on what it wanted to be: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or "The Serpent and the Rainbow". Unfortunately, it did not succeed at being close to either film, for better or worse.

Not to give anything away,but here are some plot/development elements that informed my negative reception of this movie: entirely too many characters and insignificant subplots, no defined protagonists or any characters that you cared about or identified with, mostly undeveloped stock characters, no overriding message or morale, mystic Native American rituals without any explanation of their significance to the movie, and an imaginary talking monkey sock puppet (I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to). This film was like watching a LSD-induced visual interpretation of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without the talent and genius of Freddie Mercury to bring it all together. Definitely, a BIG thumbs down!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Kind of gets boring about half way through the movie. No, I would not recommend this movie to anyone. Just expected better acting and special effects.
Published 15 months ago by Richard Worfel
1.0 out of 5 stars poor acting and storyline
could not believe just how poorly thought out this movie was. terrible acting. awful plot. total waste of my time.
Published 18 months ago by mmorga4
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid
this is the stupidest movies I have ever seen! i WISH i WOULD HAVE NEVER PURCHASED IT! i'm done now!
Published 21 months ago by cozzetta
2.0 out of 5 stars same old same old
It wasn't that it was a bad film, its just we've been here before in Texas Chainsaw, all of the now boreing Friday 13th movies. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa Barbara College Student Life Weaved Within Film
This film is a constant thrill ride where the acting, writing, and directing all come together in the land of Santa Barbara which is filled with imagination, sunrises, and sunsets... Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by Julie Ann Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Blend of Fun and Scares
This film was cool, funny and freaky. Slater and Wes Bently give whacky yet creepy performances that could make this a potential cult classic. Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by Matt Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and Witty Independent Film Making!
I came to the film not expecting much and was VERY pleasantly surprised. And Stephen Dorff has NEVER looked so good. Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by Ruthanne Iliff
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