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Stonebrook (Web Of Lies)

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3.6 out of 5 stars (13) IMDb 5.4/10

With the help of a friend of the family, 23-year-old Erik (Brad Rowe) gets a scholarship to the Ivy League-type school called Stonebrook. His dorm-mate (Seth Green) is a nerdy hacker named Cornelius. When his scholarship is yanked, the two of them team up to pull increasingly ambitious scams to keep him in tuition money, eventually crossing paths with mob boss Mr. Tali (Stanley Kamel).

Starring:
Seth Green, Zoe McLellan
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Byron W. Thompson
Starring Seth Green, Zoe McLellan
Supporting actors Brad Rowe, Stanley Kamel, William Mesnik, Sheryl Chambers, Raymond Dooley, Stan Kelly, Alan Sader, Geoffrey Owens, Mary Lucy Bivins, Mark Jeffrey Miller, Hank Troscianiec, J. Michael Hunter, Janell McLeod, Lynda Clark, Richard Fullerton, Liz Grayson, Amy Stewart, Bill Culpepper
Studio Syndicado
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By A Customer on September 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Stonebrook is one of those movies inevitably called "a sleepy little film," and in this case, it's an apt description. A low budget indie that evidently went straight to video without hitting cinemas, Stonebrook is well worth the rental money, and is in some ways more satisfying than a lot of big budget blockbusters.
Erik Landson (Brad Rowe) is working as a farmhand when a friend of his late father's, a police detective named Oliver Franklin (William Mesnik), wrangles him a scholarship to Stonebrook University, a fictitious branch of the Ivy League. Erik is accepted at the college, so he packs his meager belongings into a battered Ford pickup, and hits the road.
Unfortunately, he soon learns that the police department scholarship is contingent upon a blood relationship with Franklin. His funding suddenly revoked, Erik has to produce some money fast, and his nerdy roommate Cornelius (Seth Green) proposes a get-rich quick scheme.
The two immediately run afoul of a small-time swindler, Alexander Tali (Stanley Kamel). Tali is cynically charmed by the two boys' chutzpah, and hires them to work for him. After a couple of easy successes, Erik realizes they've gotten in way over their heads-- Detective Franklin turns up in the dorm, and tells both guys that they stand to face a five-year prison sentence if convicted of their crimes. The only way to clear their records is to turn against their ersatz employer and give the DA evidence that will help convict him.
The story gets somewhat muddy at points, and I found a second viewing necessary to clarify who was scaming whom, but the dialogue is crisp and witty-- and remarkably free of obscenities. Likewise, the violence and bloodshed are kept to a bare minimum.
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When the movie was over, I was alone and said aloud, "Stupid movie. That was a stupid, stupid movie." I only sat through it because I was doing other things while it was on, but it was stupid. The plot twists were stupid. The "smart" parts were stupid. The acting was stupid. The narration was stupid. It was stupid. I am only giving it two stars because it was too stupid for me to even hate it enough to be one star. It was just stupid.
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Format: DVD
I picked this direct-to-video film up based on my respect for Seth Green. It was, unfortunately, a mistake.
This movie, a first-time venture for both Byron Thompson and Steve Morris, ends up failing in so many respects that its skipping theatrical release was as predictable as much of its plot. While the indie market is flourishing, more films like this could stop it in its tracks.
When Erik (Brad Rowe) enters the ivy-league Stonebrook on a bogus family scholarship engineered by a family friend (Bill Mesnik) it is, of course, too good to be true. In the first few minutes his scholarship is revoked and he falls helplessly into the hands of his nerdy roommate Cornelius (Seth Green) and a small-time criminal named Tali (Stanley Kamel).
Cornelius and Erik begin to dupe virtually everyone around with their elementary confidence scams before discovering they are in much too deep. In the midst of the myriad scams, Erik finds a love interest in the form of Londyn (Zoe McLellan) who turns out to be integrally related to the tangle the cast soon finds itself in. While each scam breeds another and the roommates dig themselves deeper and deeper it is only the number of cons that grows, not the tension or suspense. Indeed, the final resolution of all their scams is so predictable I was moved to tears.
Almost as an after-thought Morris throws in a brilliant criminal mind that has orchestrated it all. The attempt is pathetic, made even moreso by the shot-for-shot stealing from "The Usual Suspects."
On the whole, the movie is not worth even renting. The acting is hardly worth mentioning; Rowe plays Brad Pitt instead of Erik. Green's take on nerdy is only as deep as the glasses he wears.
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Format: DVD
While this independent film is flawed, it is nevertheless a gem and time worth spent. If you like suspense-yarns that don't spoon-feed you all the plot connections, you will have fun watching this one. On the other hand, if you need to have everything spelled out for you, this one may be a brain-struggle. Personally, I favor movies that let me do a bit of the work myself. But whatever camp you're in, I think you will ultimately walk away having enjoyed it. Another reason to check this one out is Seth Green who, as always, is in top form. What I like about Seth is how he always brings flair and depth to his characterizations. He is a charming and talented actor, so I wish he had had more screen time. Brad Rowe is well suited as the farm boy lost in a big city, but his performance lacks dimension. For those who haven't seen it, try not and read too much on this movie before seeing it. I've deliberately not delved into what the movie is all about here...you'll have fun finding that out yourself! Unfortunately, the DVD has no extras. So all you're getting is the movie with scene selections.
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