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"Innocence is a dangerous friend."

Young Devon moves to Camelot Gardens with parents, Morton and Clare. While recovering from open heart surgery, her parents urge her to make some friends and even have her sell cookies. While selling cookies, she leaves Camelot and encounters Trent, a landscaper living in the woods. Devon repeatedly visits Trent, who accepts her friendship but insists that it remain secret due to the age difference.

Trent starts fighting with two men at Camelot; Brett, who sleeps around with Clare, and Sean, who flirts with Trent. During a barbeque, Brett tries to molest Devon. While she escapes and tells her parents, she says that Brett was only tickling her. Later, Brett and Sean harass Trent by sugaring his gas tank and fighting with him when CDs wind up missing from Sean's car.

Devon and Trent's bond continues to strengthen. After visiting Trent's parents, the two stop by a field to take in the view. Devon shows her scar to Trent and asks to see his. After this exchange, Sean's dog rampages through. While trying to chase it down in his truck, Trent accidentally runs the dog over. With the dog suffering and despite Devon's wishes, Trent kills it, sending Devon running home panicked.

Devon's parents ask for details, but all she shares is that Trent killed Sean's dog and that Trent and she shared their scars. Morton drives to Trent's trailer with Devon, Sean, and a Camelot security guard, confronting Trent while Devon stays in the car.

Morton and Sean beat on Trent while Morton accuses the man of sexually assaulting his daughter. Morton strikes Trent down with a plank, handing it to Sean. However, Devon exits the car, fatally shoots Sean with the guard's firearm. She urges Trent to leave and has Morton lift her to a tree she'd decorated with Trent, imagining a river and forest rising to protect Trent as he leaves.

R
| 1997 | 1 hr 41 min | 7.6/10
Cast
Mischa Barton, Sam Rockwell, Christopher McDonald, Kathleen Quinlan
Studio
Trimark
Director
John Duigan
Language
English
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