Fierce People

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Fierce People ★ 2005 (R)

In 1980, fifteenyearold Finn (Yelchin) is supposed to summer in South America with his wayward anthropologist father. Instead, trainwreck addict/masseuse mom (Lane), who's trying her luck at sobriety, plucks him from their New York City existence to spend the season at the New Jersey country estate of superloaded and supereccentric Osborne (Sutherland), where the idle rich pursue their own brand of summer fun. Finn falls for the billionaire's granddaughter (Stewart), and a twisted comingofage story unfolds amid the darkness. Be warned: a brutal rape sequence is totally jarring, and the already thin plot never recovers. Teen drug use, bizarre twists, and outrageous characters send the entire mess over the top. 135m/C DVD . US Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Anton Yelchin, Chris Evans, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Christopher Shyer, Blu Mankuma; D: Griffin Dunne; W: Dirk Wittenborn; C: William Rexer; M: Nick LairdClowes.