Hick (film)

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Hick
Hick film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDerick Martini
Screenplay byAndrea Portes
Based onHick
by Andrea Portes
Produced bySteven Siebert
Christian Taylor
Charles DePortes
Jonathan Cornick
StarringChloë Grace Moretz
Eddie Redmayne
Blake Lively
Ray McKinnon
Rory Culkin
Juliette Lewis
Alec Baldwin
Narrated byChloë Grace Moretz
CinematographyFrank Godwin
Edited byMark Yoshikawa
Music byBob Dylan
Larry Campbell
Production
companies
Stone River Productions
Lighthouse Entertainment
Taylor Lane Productions
Distributed byPhase 4 Films
Release date
  • September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10) (TIFF)
  • May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7 million

Hick is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Derick Martini, based on the novel of the same name by Andrea Portes that draws on non-fictional elements. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Ray McKinnon, Rory Culkin, Juliette Lewis, Blake Lively, and Alec Baldwin. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011.[1][2] It received a limited theatrical release on May 11 and is distributed by Phase 4 Films.

Plot[edit]

In the 1980s, a girl named Luli McMullen lives with her neglectful mother and alcoholic father in a small Nebraska town. On her 13th birthday, she receives a revolver as a gift. Shortly thereafter, Luli sees a commercial for Las Vegas and decides to run away there. She hitches a ride from Eddie, an erratic drifter with a damaged leg. They argue and she leaves the car. She eventually convinces another passerby, Glenda, to give her a ride. When Glenda asks Luli her name, Glenda makes fun of it and tells her how much of a “hick” name it is. Moments later, Glenda gives Luli a bump of cocaine and Luli begins to experience minor visual hallucinations as they drive down the backroads. They bond after Luli helps Glenda rob a store and spend the night in a trailer behind a bowling alley, where a little boy named Angel lives and who Glenda seems to take care of on some level. Luli again encounters Eddie that night in the parking lot of the bowling alley.

The next day, Glenda takes Luli to the house she shares with her husband, Lloyd. Luli discovers that Eddie works for Lloyd, and also that Glenda knows Eddie and is quite upset to see him. While Lloyd initially appears friendly, his true nature shows through when he viciously berates Eddie for a perceived mistake (Eddie retaliates by urinating in Lloyd's drink, which goes undetected by 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 that he was hustling makes a deal with Eddie on terms uncertain to the audience. The man then follows Luli into the bathroom and tries to rape her. She fights him before 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 6 to meet Glenda because she got in a fight with Lloyd, but not before Luli walks in on Eddie doing drugs with two junkies. At the motel, Eddie tells Luli that Glenda actually gave him a thousand dollars to take her off Glenda's hands. Heartbroken by this news and unnerved by Eddie's behavior, Luli goes outside, where she meets a boy named Clement and has a nice time playing a drinking game with him. Eddie interrupts them in a drunken outburst, and the two leave the motel. When Eddie insinuates he's fallen in love with Luli, she tells him she will never love him back and asks him to pull over, leaving the car despite Eddie begging her to stay. While she's walking away, Eddie suddenly gets out of the car and chases Luli into a cornfield, where he rapes her off screen.

The next day, Luli wakes up to find herself tied to a bed in a rented cabin at a resort and dressed differently, with shorter hair that's been dyed black. Luli shouts for help to no avail. Eddie arrives with flowers, unties her and professes his love for her, promising to never rape her again. They are interrupted by the proprietor, Beau, who briefly talks with both of them and leaves. The next day, Luli, tied up again, wakes up to find Glenda in the room. Glenda confesses that Eddie was her lover, that Angel is their son together, and that she's spent years running from him. Luli also finds out that Eddie lied about Glenda giving him money and that he essentially kidnapped her from Lloyd's house; Glenda has been looking for her ever since. They are soon caught by Eddie, who accidentally shoots and kills Glenda with Luli's revolver. Luli picks up the gun and kills Eddie before falling to the ground. Later, Beau happens upon the scene. He then feeds Luli eggs and talks about his sister and how "she always wanted a daughter", insisting that Luli "look her up".

Beau then drives Luli to the bus station, her plan being to reunite with her own family. After she calls home, she learns her mother was barely concerned with her being missing and her father has also disappeared, a fact also met with relative indifference by her mother. Luli realizes she will be no better off if she goes back. 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 of his sister's home in Los Angeles with her address written on the picture. She manages to get off by telling the bus driver that she needed to take her medicine and simulates an epileptic attack. Once off the bus, Luli runs all the way back to the station and buys a ticket to Los Angeles.

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Reception[edit]

Hick has received almost universally negative reviews by critics, with a 5% approval rating – just one positive review from 22 critics – on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes,[3] and an average score of 28/100 on Metacritic.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hick: Derick Martini". Toronto International Film Festival. 2011. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Additional (October 4, 2011)
  2. ^ Lambert, Christine (2011), "Our Hick premiere Photos", DigitalHit.com, retrieved January 3, 2012
  3. ^ Hick - Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Hick Reviews - Metacritic

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