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The Quiet
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02.06.2007 By: Quigles
The Quiet order
Director:
Jamie Babbit

Actors:
Elisha Cuthbert
Camilla Belle
Edie Falco

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A deaf and mute teen named Dot goes to live with her godparents (along with their mean cheerleading daughter), and she soon learns not all is what it seems in the household. Creepiness ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There were moments during THE QUIET where I felt myself immersed in its clever ideas and melodic style, and others where I felt myself stifling laughter at how campy and awkward it was becoming. The longer it went on, the more serious it became. And the more serious it became, the harder it was to feel any investment in the picture. By the time the credits rolled, all I felt was nagging depression and disappointment. It's not so much that the movie's bad as it is unfulfilling. There's enough thought-provoking and interesting material here to amount to something fantastic, but the film never comes close to reaching those heights. At its best, the movie's a passable slow-burn drama/thriller. And at its worst, it's nothing more than a laughably pretentious excursion into the world of bad taste.

For hottie-loving moviegoers like myself, two obvious highlights of the film are Camilla Belle and Elisha Cuthbert (who struts around in a bra and panties for a solid portion of the film - yippee!). Fortunately, their performances are almost up to par with their gorgeous looks, especially Cuthbert who gets to chew up the scenery as the depressed but hateful mega-bitch. Shawn Ashmore (Iceman from the X-MEN films) is also solid as the good-looking basketball player who finds solace in "telling" the deaf Dot all his personal secrets. That's actually one of the ideas I really loved about THE QUIET - the notion of revealing undisclosed information about yourself to somebody who can't hear what you're saying. The concept gets put to good use in the film, but unfortunately it ends up not adding much when all is said and done. Plus, the film's reveal halfway through is so lame and predictable that I'm starting to question whether it was supposed to be a reveal at all.
THE EXTRAS
THE QUIET comes complete with a bunch of featurettes to check out.

Fetal Pig, Fetal Pig, Let Me In: Dissecting the Dissection Scene (4:53): A weird featurette that goes over the decision to use real pigs for the dissection scene in Dot's biology class.

Locations: Shooting in Austin (7:27): This one's pretty self explanatory.

Sans Celluloid: The Quiet and Digital Cinema (4:31): An interesting featurette that details the problems of having to work with DV instead of film.

Script Development (9:32): Another self explanatory featurette, but this one's more worthy of a look than "Locations."

Cast (9:53): Although Camilla Belle and Shawn Ashmore are strangely absent, this featurette goes over the casting choices for the film's more prominent characters.

There are also a large number of Previews available on the DVD.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If there's one thing more annoying than a lousy movie, it's a lousy movie that pretends to be something amazing. Now I wouldn't go as far as to lump THE QUIET in that category (seeing as how it's actually somewhat decent), but it certainly thinks it's a lot better than it is. The "powerful" script is just loaded with false meaning and unintentionally laughable moments, and the film's would-be-good musical choices (recitals of the work of Ludwig van Beethoven) only further push the production into already overwrought territory. Luckily though, a winning premise and a hotness factor through the roof all but save THE QUIET.
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