George Washington (film)

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George Washington
George Washington Film.jpg
Directed by David Gordon Green
Produced by Sam Froelich
David Gordon Green
Sacha W. Mueller
Lisa Muskat
Written by David Gordon Green
Starring Candace Evanofski
Donald Holden
Paul Schneider
Music by Andrew Gillis
Cinematography Tim Orr
Edited by Zene Baker
Steven Gonzales
Distributed by Cowboy Pictures (Theatrical)
Janus Films (US TV)
Criterion (Region 1 DVD)
Release dates
  • October 27, 2000 (2000-10-27) (limited)
Running time 89 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$42,000

George Washington is a 2000 American drama film about a group of children in a depressed small town in North Carolina. The children band together to cover up a tragic mistake. The film is written and directed by David Gordon Green. Although it was not widely seen due to a limited release, the film received universal praise by critics.

Plot[edit]

The film follows a group of kids growing up in a depressed rural town in North Carolina, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Nasia. After breaking up with her show-off boyfriend Buddy (played by Curtis Cotton III), she withdraws from her delinquent friends and becomes romantically interested in a strange, introverted boy named George who is burdened by the fact that his skull never hardened after birth. Tragedy strikes when George accidentally kills Buddy, and the group, fearing punishment, decides to hide his body. In its aftermath, George takes up the unlikely role of town hero.

Critical reception[edit]

The film has an 82% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 56 reviews.[1] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times selected it as one of the ten best films of 2000,[2] as did Time Magazine and New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell.[3]

In Roger Ebert's four star review, he called the cinematography by Tim Orr the best of the year, also writing "... it is not about plot, but about memory and regret. It remembers a summer that was not a happy summer, but there will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable."[4] Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader gave the film a favorable review, writing "You have to bring a lot of yourself to this film if you want it to give something back, but the rewards are considerable."[5] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called it "a director's baby from the opening frames" and "not like any other movie. That, in itself, makes it something to see. Writer-director David Gordon Green, in his feature debut, has created a visually and emotionally consistent universe."[6] Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called David Gordon Green "a writer and director of rare grace and feeling", whose directorial debut is of "startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time."[7]

Joe Leydon of Variety was one of ten of fifty-six critics to give the film a negative review, calling it an "... undistinguished and uninvolving attempt to offer a rural spin on "Kids.""[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1097991-george_washington/". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Ebert's Top Movies of 2000". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Metacritic top 10 lists
  4. ^ "George Washington". rogerebert.suntimes.com. January 26, 2001. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "George Washington". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ LaSalle, Mick (January 26, 2001). "'Washington's' Truth: Vivid tale of adolescents has uniqueness of art". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "George Washington". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Leydon, Joe (April 16, 2000). "George Washington". Variety. Retrieved April 11, 2011. 

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