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Movie review: ‘Hellion’ digs into life of a troubled teen
First Published Jun 27 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jun 27 2014 04:07 pm

Writer-director Kat Candler digs deep in "Hellion," an effective drama 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 results in 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).

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Opens Friday, June 27, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; not rated, but probably R for language and violence; 94 minutes.

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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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