Eighteen (2005)

RICHARD BELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5

Canada, 2005.  Producers on Davie, Long Tale Entertainment, Bell Movies.  Screenplay by Richard Bell.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Amateurishly produced melodrama about a troubled youth who escapes a bad home situation after his brother dies in a car accident caused by his father. While wandering the streets, he strikes up a relationship with a kindly social worker and a friendship with a gay hustler who is doing his own struggling in the big bad city. Our hero also comes upon a collection of cassette tapes recorded by his grandfather (voiced by Ian McKellen) who tells him of his experiences in World War II, though the flashbacks to those experiences were far too obviously filmed in the Canadian woods just north of a major suburb. An interesting concept is veritably ruined by terrible writing, acting, directing and photography, with even an established performer like coming off a rank amateur in this unwatchable garbage.

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