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Scalene (2011)

Margo Martindale , Hanna Hall , Zack Parker  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Margo Martindale, Hanna Hall, Adam Scarimbolo
  • Directors: Zack Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085QJ1YM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scalene" on IMDb

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SCALENE is a perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student (Hanna Hall) by a mentally handicapped man (Adam Scarimbolo) and his mother s (Margo Martindale) subsequent revenge.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique & Original August 2, 2012
Scalene is not a movie for the faint of heart. It deals with many touchy issues including rape, murder, abuse and the effects of drug use. The story revolves around a young man named Jacob. When he was twelve, he was experimenting with his friends. His attempts at a cheap high resulted in severe brain damage which left him childish and unable to speak. His mother is dealing with this alone, and when she meets a gentlemen who displays an interest in her, she hires a college student named Paige to help with Jacob.

While this is the basic gist of the film, it was told in a way that made it quite unique. It starts out going backwards, starting with Jacob's mother coming to try to attack Paige and saying, "I want him back." From there you go backwards, seeing the events that led up the possible rape from the mother's perspective. Then there is a scene where Jacob gets burned and for a few minutes you see things though his eyes. Then it switches to Paige's point of view, and you start moving forward in time again, leading back up to the initial attack. This may sound confusing, but it actually worked well. It gives you the perspective of all the main characters, without giving away the climax to soon.

This film invoked some mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, I liked the idea. It was unique, and the little known cast were all amazing. As someone who can relate to the struggles of having a mentally handicapped family member, I understand the frustration the mother encountered. I could also relate to Paige as the young girl who suspects abuse and isn't sure how to handle it. Though, I honestly think that anything else would have been a better than than what she decided.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars made to be good drama and it was January 31, 2013
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This was made to be entertaining drama. It is a traji-comedy. The comedy is driven by the character of Jacob's mother and the trajedy by her son. She brings a pleasing lightness, to the tale, by her voluable emotions. She is histrionic and wilful and a mother-hen to her chick. Yet all in deadly earnest, so she still has to be taken seriously.However she is also self-centred and devious. Or are these negative traits an outcome of wishing she didn't always have to be a mother-hen.? Whatever, the pleasing lightness does not derail the film by making it trite and the darker and sad undertones, realistically acted in Jacob's character,always invoke empathy. The care-giver was also well played.
The film was made to be moving and entertain and it delivered. Otherwise, it is not particularly sophisticated but many films aren't and it never pretended to be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Original worth the rental October 23, 2012
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I really enjoyed this movie. I never heard of it so it was a pleasant surprise. I don't agree w/ the guy who said it's a lifetime movie. It's an indie film....and if you have seen enough of them you should appreciate this movie.

I did like the backwards to foward effect of the movie. However there is a part of the movie that is a little far fetched.
Why didn't Page just follow through w/ calling Adult services? The extreme measures she takes to save Jacob did not seem realistic.

However, I did like this movie, it kept my attention, and as I said it was Very original. Take the time to rent this one. If you are an Indie fan you should enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scalene was worth watching March 3, 2013
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Really enjoyed the movie. Would not have picked it out on my own (as it is not well-known) if it weren't for Amazon Prime's $0 to watch.

The mother, son, and caregiver were exceedingly well-acted ...

...and the storyline has a surprising twist that I don't want to give away.

Hopefully we'll see more of Hanna Hall, who played the caregiver Paige Alexander. She did an excellent job!
And FYI for you Justified fans, the mother was played by Margo Martindale (Mags Bennett).

The movie kept me interested throughout. I definitely recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Watch October 8, 2012
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This acting was not top-notch at all, but not the worst I've ever seen. The premise was a little sick, but the main character casting was good and the story was interesting. The actress who played the mother was great, portraying a weak and all too common character we see in real-life. Part martyr, part villian. Left alone with a life-long responsiblity. Crappy job. Dating a (married?)jerk. Resentful and lacking in social skill. Poor Jacob. Even his purported "savior" abused him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak Ending September 2, 2012
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What happened to days when all of the story's loose ends would be tied-up by the completion of the movie. "Scalene" is an interesting movie, especially because it gives some insight into what it is like to raise a special-needs child. I watched this movie primarily to see how accurate those challenges would be portrayed. Unfortunately, when this movie is over there are still many unanswered questions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable November 1, 2012
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I imagine that this is not a movie for everyone. Either you'll love it of hate it. I enjoyed it. It's a mystery as to where it's going, but when it gets there, you're left with more questions. I don't care for how it ended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay, Just Okay... October 5, 2012
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The premise of the movie is a decent one but some of the acting going on was really terrible and the bit towards the end was absolutely ludicrous. Glad I watched it but I wouldn't watch it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 20 days ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and sad (this has spoilers so don't read if you plan to...
I thought this was a horror movie. However, it is a very sad movie about a mentally handicapped young man who is being abused by his mother. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arretamador
3.0 out of 5 stars Three's a crowd.
Scalene (Zack Parker, 2011)

The main problem with Scalene is that it is roughly half of a very interesting movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good mystery-drama
A nanny goes to extreme ends to end a special needs teens abuse. Well done,slow but riveting.Not a action flick,but very effective.I liked it a lot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tim
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even worth 1 star
Caretaker .. Unconvincing ... to sum it up: Stupid movie , not even worth one star. why do people make this crap?
Published 14 months ago by NJ Night Rider
1.0 out of 5 stars scalene I
the movie thriller seem a bit contrite; I did not enjoy the treatment of the son by the mother who seemed to be the poster child for low self esteem and doing to much to get a man. Read more
Published 18 months ago by helm
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it
I was on the edge of my seat through the whole movie. Margo Martindale is amazing. Her characters are so memorable and this is no exception. Read more
Published 18 months ago by aNerdand2dogs
4.0 out of 5 stars Scalene
I was very impressed with this film. Shot w/ a low budget,but it looks like a million bucks! I highly recommend this to anyone who like a great mystery!
Published 18 months ago by Jason Dixie
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Character Study!
Great, slow driven, character study. The film seems to be sold as a "Hitchock"-style thriller, but for me, it was more of a character drama. Read more
Published 18 months ago by FitzChivalry
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of movie
Just not the type of movie I like. Started trying to watch it and stopped. I did not like the vile nature of the film.
Published 18 months ago by Theodore J. Jackson Sr.
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