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Aaron Paul, left, and Josh Wiggins, cast members in "Hellion," pose together at the premiere of the film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Sundance red carpet photos, review: ‘Hellion’ with Aaron Paul
First Published Jan 17 2014 03:40 pm • Last Updated Jan 21 2014 09:32 am

"Hellion" (U.S. Dramatic)


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Sundance premiere

“Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler about the family drama surrounding a 13-year-old obsessed with motocross and heavy metal, made its premiere Friday, Jan. 17, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. The cast includes Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Walt Roberts; part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

“Hellion” screens again: Tuesday at 12:15 at the Eccles Theatre, Park City; and Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Library Center Theatre, Park City.

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Writer-director Kat Candler digs deep in this tale of boyhood and manhood, drawing emotional performances from Aaron Paul and newcomer Josh Wiggins. Wiggins plays Jacob, a 13-year-old whose casual vandalism lands him in trouble with the authorities -- with little guidance from his father Hollis (played by Paul), still nursing grief from his wife’s death. After one incident, Jacob’s misbehavior ends up with his 10-year-old brother Wes (Deke Garner) getting hauled off by Child Protective Services and placed in the care of the boys’ aunt, Pam (Juliette Lewis). Hollis and Jacob try to straighten up, but tensions boil over and events spiral out of control. (When a gun is introduced fairly early on, you know it’s going to make an unwelcome return.) Candler’s script speaks the language of teen boys, and she pulls together a strong cast of young actors, led by Wiggins’ intense portrayal of a boy learning to grow up in a hurry.

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