12 and Holding
AKA: Twelve and Holding
Rudy and Jacob Carges are twins in the Biblical mold of Jacob and Esau; where Rudy is a crusader, popular and proud, Jacob fades into the background. One summer night, Rudy is killed while defending a tree house from local bullies, and Jacob's world is summarily destroyed. The boys' friends, the precocious Malee and the soft-spoken, chubby Leonard, are also devastated, and as the year progresses, they each struggle to cope with Rudy's death, as well as their own brushes with adulthood.
13 member reviews/ratings for this MovieAverage Rating: (8.46 / 10)
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An unusual movie with a fine performance from relatively unknown boy actor, Conor Donovan, as the surviving twin with the strawberry birthmark. There are three plotlines of which Donovan, playing Jacob Carges, is the main one the other two rangeing from hilarious to implausible. It is not often a boy film ends in a twist which indicates the young hero is not what he seems and could become a psychotic monster. A great film which might have worked better if the main plotline had been enhanced. Unfortunately, no DVD extras which meant no interview with Conor. Boo.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
This is a great movie and it has some shockers in it!My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
This movie stunned me. There is so much raw emotional power in the synopsis alone. The kid actors do quite a good job providing an honest portrayal of modern 12 year olds, and Conor Donovan's performance in particular is pretty gut wrenching. I really enjoyed the experience of watching it all, especially Conor's storyline. However, this movie lost a lot of it's potential in its occasionally outrageous plot development. Not one of the three storylines is completely believable, and the one with the chubby kid is borderline absurd. This is a haunting movie, no doubt, and Conor Donovan is very watchable. However, I have to say it could have been much better.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
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