Dirty Deeds

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"10 Dares. 12 Hours. One Wild Night."
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 1 min
  • 5.7  (8,688)
  • 28

Dirty Deeds is a 2005 crime-comedy film that revolves around the heavy competition of several teenagers to pull off historic, risky, and borderline illegal acts, popularly known as "dirty deeds," which have been passed down from generations in their hometown of New South Wales, Australia. The movie is directed by David Kendall and stars popular actors Lacey Chabert, Milo Ventimiglia, Charles Durning, and Zoe Saldana.

Zack Harper, played by Milo, is one of the seniors at the local high school who receives an opportunity to perform a dirty deed. Being a newcomer in town and wanting to prove himself to his crush, played by Lacey Chabert, he agrees to set off a large amount of fireworks in the middle of his school's homecoming.

However, Zack's troubles are far from over, as he soon learns that he isn't the only one who has been entrusted to carry out a dirty deed. Several other teens in the town have the same mission, each representing an older generation and a different decade's cultural touchstones.

Along with Zack, we are introduced to several other colorful characters, such as the cool and tough Ned (played by Arielle Kebbel), the seductive and calculating Meg (Zoe Saldana), and the elderly Mr. Baker (Charles Durning), who is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

As the teenagers' missions continue to intersect, several hilarious and dangerous mishaps occur. The movie combines witty dialogue, sight gags, and bizarre characters to create a lighthearted and entertaining story with an engaging storyline.

With the help of his new friends, Zack takes on the challenge of executing his mission, but not without facing a variety of obstacles along the way, including a rival gang, a no-nonsense headmaster (Chris Lowell), and romantic complications.

Dirty Deeds is a film that relies heavily on the youthful charisma of its cast members, who bring their personalities to the screen in fresh, energizing ways. The chemistry between the characters is excellent, and the teenagers' individual performances feel realistic and engaging.

Milo Ventimiglia leads the charge as Zack, bringing boldness, charm, and heroism to his character. Lacey Chabert, probably most known for her role in Mean Girls, plays a reserved and intelligent love interest who gives depth to Zack's character. Charles Durning delivers an emotional and poignant storyline, adding wit and humor to the film's more serious moments.

Zoe Saldana, who portrays Zack's love rival, adds a sultry and exciting performance, delivering one of the film's more engaging narratives with a high-stakes mission that involves retrieving a prized tiger suit. Arielle Kebbel is both a standout and a scene-stealer with a performance that stands out among the ensemble cast.

The highlight of the movie might just be its heavy incorporation of the Australian culture, which gives Dirty Deeds its unique flavor. From cricket matches to Australian slang, the film packs in a lot of local references, showcasing the country's rich culture.

The film's soundtrack is also worth noting, featuring iconic tracks from breakthrough artists like AC/DC, INXS, and Men at Work.

Overall, Dirty Deeds is a surprisingly clever and fun movie that delivers plenty of laughs and heart. It is a unique and entertaining coming-of-age movie that balances comedy with some serious moments, and offers a glimpse into the carefree lives of a group of teenagers on the fringes of society. It caters to audiences of all ages, whether you're looking for nostalgia or just a good action-comedy flick.

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