Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Derick Martini|
|Produced by||Steven Siebert
|Screenplay by||Andrea Portes|
by Andrea Portes
|Starring||Chloë Grace Moretz
|Music by||Bob Dylan
|Edited by||Mark Yoshikawa|
Stone River Productions
Taylor Lane Productions
|Running time||95 minutes|
Hick is a dramatic feature film directed by Derick Martini, based on the novel of the same name by Andrea Portes that draws on non-fictional elements. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011. It had a limited theatrical release on May 11 and is distributed by Phase 4 Films.
A 13-year-old girl, Luli (Chloë Grace Moretz), runs away from her alcoholic parents, bringing along a revolver she received as a gift for her 13th birthday. She hitches a ride from Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), an erratic drifter with a damaged leg and asks him to take her to Las Vegas. They argue and she responds by leaving the car. Eddie drives away. She then convinces another passerby, Glenda (Blake Lively) to give her a ride.
Glenda takes Luli to the home of a man named Lloyd with whom Glenda is involved on a criminal level and Luli discovers Eddie works for Lloyd. Eddie tells Luli that Lloyd and Glenda want to be alone so he takes her to a bar. Eddie is interrupted while hustling pool by Luli and when his hustle fails the man he was hustling follows Luli into the ladies room to rape her. She fights him and after a time, Eddie comes in and savagely beats the man to death.
As they leave the bar, Eddie says that Glenda has asked him to take Luli to a motel to meet Glenda because she got in a fight with Lloyd. At the motel Eddie gets drunk and tells Luli that Glenda actually gave him a thousand dollars to take her off Glenda's hands. Frustrated, Luli goes outside where she meets a young guy named Clement with whom she has a nice time playing a drinking game. Eddie interrupts them in a drunken rage and the two leave the motel. Luli tells Eddie to pull over and leaves the truck despite his begging her to stay. She runs into a corn field.
Eddie angrily chases her, and the camera pans away. Luli is raped. Luli wakes up later in a strange place to find that she is tied up, dressed differently and with differently colored hair. Eddie unties her and professes his love for her. They are interrupted by the landlord Beau (Alec Baldwin) who asks Eddie how long he needs the room and then leaves.
The next day Luli, tied up again, wakes up to find Glenda in the room. After planning their escape, they are caught by Eddie who accidentally shoots and kills Glenda. Luli picks up the gun and kills Eddie. Later Beau comes in and feeds Luli eggs, and he talks about his sister and how 'she always wanted a daughter', insisting that Luli 'look her up'. Beau then implicitly drives Luli to the bus station. Her plan is to reunite with her family but after she calls them she realizes that it will be more of the same back home. While on the bus, she looks through her notebook of drawings and finds a note from Beau reading "Dear Luli, in case you change your mind" on a picture he drew himself of his sister's home in Los Angeles with her address written on the picture. and gets on a bus to Los Angeles.
Differences from the novel
- In the book there was no mention of Angel being Glenda or Eddie's son. In the book he was of Mexican descent.
- The bartender Ray tries to french kiss Luli while he is taking her home from the bar.
- Lloyd does not yell at Eddie.
- Lloyd pushes Luli into his pool.
- After Eddie sees Clement and Luli sitting together he punches Clement in the face.
- Eddie quietly discusses something with the stranger then asks Luli to go into the ladies room.
- There is no mention of Eddie having a knife while Beau is inside the cabin.
- When Luli wakes up in the cabin, after the rape, in the book her hair is much shorter than what is shown in the film. Also she has dried blood between her legs, while in the film, it is not mentioned and appears as she has been cleaned.
- When Luli first meets Eddie, and gets in his truck, then insults him, in the film, Luli gets out on her own. In the novel, she is shoved out of the truck by Eddie.
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Luli McMullen
- Blake Lively as Glenda
- Eddie Redmayne as Eddie Kreezer
- Alec Baldwin as Beau
- Juliette Lewis as Tammy
- Rory Culkin as Clement
- Anson Mount as Nick
- Shaun Sipos as Blane
- Ray McKinnon as Lloyd
- Dave Vescio as Stranger
- Leon Lemar as Clerk
- Dartanian Sloan as Angel
- Robert Baker as Ray
- Robert J. Stephenson as Lux
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