Devil's Playground

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Devil's Playground Review


Like most people I first saw Devil's Playground on HBO, somewhat fascinated by this investigation into the Amish tradition of rumspringa, which sets the society's 16-year-olds loose into the world of the "english" -- all the rock music, cars, cigarettes, booze, drugs, and haircuts you can stomach. The Amish want you to choose their way of life, not be forced into it. It's an honorable idea, but -- as Devil's Playground indicates -- hardly a simple transformation.

As you might expect, the bulk of Devil's Playground follows its various subjects on beer, drug, and TV benders. It's fascinating stuff -- the boys wear english clothes; the girls stick with traditional Amish garb; both sexes run wild at a mini-rave. It's insanity. There's Amish kids on Rollerblades, for God's sakes!

At the same time, a lot of Playground is really familiar, treading dangerously close to Jerry Springer and Girls Gone Wild material. After about 30 minutes, I'd seen enough to get the drift -- it's a hard choice, and about 10% of kids decide not to "go Amish," but the vast majority do. Amish kids are just as rotten as regular kids. Amish families face the same challenges you and I do, buttons or no.

The DVD features a commentary track (and I'm always suspicious of documentaries with commentary tracks -- why didn't just put it into the movie?) which is largely disposable. The deleted scenes are also worth a peek but little more.



Devil's Playground

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 1st September 2011

Budget: $2.4M

Production compaines: Intandem Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 5.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Lucy Walker

Producer:

Starring: as Angela, as Joe, as Cole, as Rob, as Peter White, as Kate, Shane Taylor as Geoffrey, Craig Conway as Steve, Bart Ruspoli as Matt, as Andy Billing, as Dr Brooke, Phoenix James as Zombie, Victoria Pritchard as Reporter, Paul Corkery as John Healy, Simon Berry as Parkour Zombie, Nick Cavaliere as Landlord, Louis Murrall as Zombie, Michael Eaves as Morgan, Zayn Alam as Parkour zombie, Jack Healy as Jim, Ben Shafik as Cooper, Martin Butler as Coles ex partner, Kieran Underwood as Parkour Zombie, Jordan Burnett as Parkour Zombie, Bozhin Gyoshev as Parkour Zombie, A.J. Seymour as Zombie, Jamie O'Rourke as Zombie, Gary Lawrence as Parkour Zombie, Adam Robinson as Joe's Double, Shaun Lucas as Journalist / Neighbour / Scared person (uncredited), as Lavinia

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