Twelve and Holding: Julia Griner
Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 17, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

12 and Holding

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/19/06
performer
Jesse Camacho, Conor Donovan, Bruce Altman
director
Michael Cuesta
author
Anthony Cipriano
genre
Drama
We gave it a C

Five years after his feature debut, L.I.E., with its molten core of suburban pedophilia, director Michael Cuesta returns to the world of dangers for preteens in nice houses with 12 and Holding. And this second visit, with its insistence on extremes of sexuality, violence, and cartoon obesity (an adolescent girl with a crush on a grown man dresses like a Desperate Housewife; the acts of bullies lead to tragedy; a fat kid resents his even fatter parents), makes Cuesta’s interest seem more obsessive than artistically daring. The young cast is terrific, giving the stories unearned weight.

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