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At Theaters: 7/24/1998 On Video: 1/5/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 23 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 079815
Studio: MGM Pictures
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In Cradle Bay, the teenage success rate soars above the norm. The teens are busy with wholesome activities. But new kid on the block hooks up with town outcasts, who are suspicious of their peers' disturbing behavior. The school psychiatrist has convinced the parents that a "Stepford-like" surgical procedure is the answer to their teenagers' nasty habits.

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Thriller - Disturbing Behavior is a suspense film targeted almost exclusively at a teen audience. Teenagers who are interested in fast pacing, violence and caricatures of stupid adults will probably be entertained by the film. Adult viewers are likely to find the story ridiculous, the situations predictable, the dialogue silly and the characters bland. Generally an exploitative thriller predicated on sex, violence and cheap shocks.
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Cast and Crew Heading
James Marsden (TV's Bella Mafia)
Katie Holmes (The Ice Storm)
Nick Stahl (The Thin Red Line)
Director: David Nutter (TV's The X-Files)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Strong and very frequent
SEX/NUDITY: One scene of bare female breast; suggestive sexual content
VIOLENCE: Several scenes of beatings, shootings and other assaults
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Depiction of teenage alcohol and marijuana use
ACTION: A few scenes of chases on foot and in cars
COMEDY: A few one-liners
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Very Poor
Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg has made a nice career out of writing action and caper films like The Rock, Armageddon and Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead. Unfortunately, he brings the identical sensibility to Disturbing Behavior, with disastrous results. Arch dialogue and plenty of it, he's got; suspense, pacing or characterizations appropriate to the genre, not at all. Disturbing Behavior acts like a comic action film, complete with nonsensical narrative and non-existent characters.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 95 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
17
High
94%%
13-19Teens (F)
38
High
87%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
About 50/50
71%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Fairly High
83%%
30+Adults (M)
8
Fairly Low
63%%
30+Adults (F)
6
Fairly Low
67%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

The residents of Cradle Bay are living an idyllic small town existence. Or are they?

  After the suicide of his older brother, Steve Clark (James Marsden) is uprooted by his parents and moved to this sunny enclave where the teenage success rate soars above the norm. No drunk driving accidents, no drug overdoses, no passionate suicides. In Cradle Bay, the teens are busy with wholesome activities like bake sales, community service and making the grade. But there's something unnatural about all that perfection.

  Resisting the lure of the "Blue Ribbons" -- the town's picture-perfect teens -- Steve connects with outcasts Gavin (Nick Stahl) and Rachel (Katie Holmes), who are equally suspicious of their peers' disturbing behavior.

  Dr. Caldicott (Bruce Greenwood), the school psychiatrist, has convinced the parents of Cradle Bay that a "Stepford-like" surgical procedure is the answer to their teenagers' nasty habits and rebellious behavior. And Steve's parents are just a meeting away from agreement.

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