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Rites of Passage [Blu-ray]


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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NA3HTU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

This film is a watch one time throwaway.
Kindle Customer
While I was not totally wrong it could have been way better.
Tony Heck
The plot is totally unbelievable and the acting poor.
S. J. Braitman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on July 29, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RL on September 22, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Braitman on October 25, 2014
Format: DVD
In my opinion this film qualifies for my list of the 100 worst movies that I have ever seen. I really did not see any point to this film. The plot is totally unbelievable and the acting poor. If I were U.C Santa Barbara, I would demand an apology from the filmmakers for their portrayal of its students and faculty as a bunch of over sexed partiers and druggies. Christian Slater is a very good actor, but this film does nothing to advance his career. I suspect that he only accepted his role because he needed the money. My only solace is that I did not have to pay to watch it as it was on Showtime but I do regret the waste of my time. My advice is to avoid this film.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Chock full of pathetic nasty sleazy people doing pathetic nasty sleazy things while zonked continuously on an endless supply of alcohol and drugs, leading to lots and lots of blood and violence and no shortage of perversions. No idea who the intended audience was supposed to be. Thin, useless, unrealistic plot. No discernible theme. Anemic acting through a muddy script.

I was really sorry to see Kate Maberly end up in this debacle. She is a fine actor that should definitely be taking on far better roles than this creepy crappy thing had to offer.

In the end, no one could save this washout, because the film lacks any sense of virtue (or lack of virtue, for that matter; the film is such a mess). Guess it was a tragedy since almost all the characters end up dead.

The package says it lasts 102 minutes, but it seems a lot longer, and I felt relieved when it was finally over. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or your money on this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim C. on October 24, 2012
Format: DVD
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeona on July 2, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J. Hopwood on April 15, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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Format: DVD
"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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