Small town teenager Luli (Chloe Grace Moretz) escapes to Las Vegas, leaving behind her alcoholic and abusive parents. Armed with her smarts, a pistol and pocket money, she hitchhikes her way west. Along the way, Luli crosses paths with Eddie (Eddie Redmayne), an unstable rebel with questionable motives and Glenda (Blake Lively), a cocaine-snorting drifter on the run. Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, this powerful story pulls you into a provocative world of drugs, seduction and murder. -- (C) Phase 4 Films … More
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Critic Reviews for Hick
It contains some effective performances, it does a good job of evoking bereft and empty landscapes, but what is it for? Has she learned anything? Have we?
Hick wants to come across as trippy and offbeat but its bizarre, surreal approach is more off-putting than effective.
A smarmy little road movie about a Southern teenage girl losing her innocence the hard way during the Reagan era.
Mostly plays like some creepy-perv fantasia looking for mileage from the mature-beyond-her-years presence of young star ChloŽ Grace Moretz.
Forced irony or klutziness? Too often that's the question you ask of "Hick," which makes the answer all too clear.
Derek Martini's second feature - after the competent Lymelife - is a confused mess of awkward tonal shifts and boring narrative tangents all encased in the discomforting shell of a Lolita fantasy.
Hick is worth the effort -- and it does have some genuinely witty writing.
And so it came to ChloŽ Grace Moretz, as it must to all child actors: puberty.
Recognizes that kids can't expect the grass to be greener but comes too close to suggesting that you can expect others to mow your lawn.
Though Hick promises danger, sex (or at least sexiness) and adventure, it delivers a dry tale lacking in real action or intensity.
Director Derick Martini basically gives up on storytelling about 20 minutes into the feature, hoping a grubby atmosphere of creepy men and vulnerable women is enough to patch the abyssal holes in the plot.
...shows that the era of the redneck road flick isn't over, but by God should be.
Hick was intended to be a calling card for all parties involved to point at as evidence of their talent and bravery; instead, it's a black blot of shame for everyone who had a part in its making.
In the end, the story's potential emotional complexity - the idea that we might want to protect a young character while also recognizing her waiting-in-the-wings sexuality - ends up in a bland gray area.
Audience Reviews for Hick
A coming of age story about Luli, a 13-year-old girl who decides to run off to Las Vegas after her parents abandon her. Events along the way will force her to grow up. This is not a feel good film. This is a film about the likely consequences of a teenage runaway. Because of this there are a few scenes which are inappropriate for younger viewers. There are two implied near rape scenes against the girl (the only thing shown is the girl getting pushed around). This film has been getting trashed by most reviewers and I cannot really understand why. The acting is terrific, particularly Chloe Grace Moretz as Luli. The story was compelling. The only fault with the movie is its screenplay which moves the story along much too slowly. Direction is fine, if unspectacular and the director does what he can. The main issue with the movie is that their are too many characters being introduced who seem like they are important and than removed from the film. Still, this movie is very good for the performances alone and worth a watch 4 starsMore
Mostly liked this. The story jumps around a little and can be hard to follow, but it's interesting and cast all put in good performances. I tend up like little movies set in small town USA and this ticks most of the boxes. The ending was a surprise I didn't see coming. Not a twist exactly, more a wtf just happened?! Chloe is great, I think she's been impressive in all I have seen her in. Blake is also good here, very different role for her, but she pulls it off.
Ending a little vague and possibly disturbing considering this girl is 13, but I guess she grew up fast and life at home not great, so not going to judge.
Overall worth a watch if you like indie films and don't need it all spelt out for you.
This is a trashy and lurid road movie that, while not as exploitative as I thought it would be, is also a lot more meandering, uneven, and underwhelming than I thought it might be, too.
The plot follows a young and naive girl from a small Nebraska town who leaves her dysfunctional family behind to try to make it in Las Vegas. Along the way she meets some colorful characters, almost all of them being the wrong kind of people.
This is the sort of brazen indie film I get drawn to once in a while, because it seems like it will be edgy, and definitely risk taking since it features such a young performer playing a character in the center of all kinds of messed up stuff, but unfortunately this one comes off as a dud.
I liked that it didn't get too over the top and sleazy, but what it gave up in that department, it made up for with a little too much meandering and boredom. The film isn't unwatchable, and the performances do show that people were trying, and there's some good needle drops, but even then, this film is just kinda blah.
There's lots of notable names, but many of them aren't given much to work with, and it makes me question their inclusion here. Also, while I don't mind it sometimes, there's really not much of a point to this movie, so it basically just becomes an exercise in seeing a young girl try to deal with crappy situations over and over for about 90 minutes, with no real lesson being learned.
The set up had potential, but I'll just chalk this one up to bad execution, and wish everyone involved the best of luck.
- Am I pretty?
- The rich get richer and the poor get the picture.
- You like whiskey?
- Luli McMullen:
- What are you, some kinda communist?
- Church is for brunettes.
- Have you ever herd somebody saddle up to a bar and say... can I have a Seven and Squirt?
- I'm never gonna fall in love with a goin' no where fast guy like you.
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