Release date:August 20, 2004
Director:Jacob Aaron Estes
MPAA Rating:R (for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use)
Screenwriter:Jacob Aaron Estes
Starring:Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder
Set in a small Oregon town where secrets are hard to keep and lies even harder, "Mean Creek" flows with a simple elegance of truth and consequences as it follows a crisis in the lives of its teen characters, keenly directed by first-timer Jacob Aaron Estes. The journey within begins as a plot for playful payback on a local troublemaker; the journey onscreen begins with a river, as a ragtag group of troubled-and-not teenagers set out on a boat trip to celebrate the birthday of their youngest member. As a sort of boyish Heart of Darkness trip develops, cracks in the crew form when some of the teens have second thoughts about what they are about to do.