Watch: The Mudge Boy 2003 123movies, Full Movie Online – The film follows the story of Duncan, a fourteen-year-old misfit farm boy trying to fill the void and alleviate the numbness left by his mother’s passing. Unable to let her go quite yet, Duncan mimics his dead mother. He talks in her voice at the dinner table and wears her fur coat to bed. Edgar, Duncan’s distant sixty-year-old father, doesn’t understand the strange manifestations of his son’s mourning. Why can’t Duncan grieve like a normal person? Macho mate Perry Foley, who has it physically even harder on his dad’s farm, usually comforts Duncan and defends his ‘wimpiness’ to their cocky ruffian mates Travis, Scotty and Brent. But although clearly attracted to gentle Duncan himself, the socially unacceptable suggestion of ‘sissy’ homosexuality makes Perry over-react and turn on his friend..
Plot: Chronicling the troubled existence of Duncan Mudge, a 14-year-old misfit who—while vying for the attention of his vacant father—struggles to fill the void brought on by his mother’s sudden death.
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Let’s give them something to talk about…
I got to give this film a chance. There’s a story told, and it is very strong, I know. It could be seen as gay, stupid, mean. Yes, the movie is extremely mean and that makes it difficult to watch. You have this quiet, interesting kid, and then all the jerks; hanging out drinking beer, having sex. These are the type of relationships Duncan (Emile Hirsch) had never thought about until they arrived.
The movie makes a great job in narrating the two sides of the story. Duncan’s mom died; the boy is living with his cold, severe father, Edgar (Richard Jenkins). Duncan remains unnoticed all the time; he spends the hours by himself. Sometimes he rides his bicycle, just to get out a little bit, or plays with his chicken. This chicken, together with many of the things (a sweater, a lamp) Duncan has, belonged to his mother: “It was her favorite”, he says later when a girl asks about it. Edgar, otherwise, is hiding his pain, but why? He loved his wife but now has a boy to take care of. Maybe Edgar is scared to see Duncan suffering because of his wife’s death. Maybe Edgar doesn’t even want to take care about Duncan, although he seems to be doing an effort. When they both sat at the table for dinner (prepared by Duncan), the boy asks his father about his day: “It was fine”, Edgar answers. Then Duncan asks about the food: “Ok”, his father says. After this, Duncan starts talking to himself, asking questions about his day, just because his father hasn’t asked him about it. This is the relationship they handle. Eventually, Duncan will start working for his father: “You’re strong boy”, Edgar says. But is he? The other side shows to us the relationship Duncan creates with the other boys, the ones I couldn’t call friends, and the problems he has with them. He wants to get along, we can see. Even more when he meets Perry (Tom Guiry), and starts buying beer and going out at night with elder people. His father is being good about it because he knows that Duncan could use some friendship. But then Duncan is stealing alcohol from his father for them. They all go to a party, and some people start to bother Duncan: “Chicken boy, chicken boy”. Perry gets angry and punches them. Duncan can’t believe it. He likes Perry, they are probably friends, but does he like Perry in another way? Is Duncan gay? Is this a question we should ask to ourselves? Probably, because Duncan and Perry experience things together. You could know Perry wanted to do it, to try something different, or to teach some sex lessons to Duncan; the boy with no experience (touching his own nipples in his bed). All of these could be.
Emile Hirsch is a very good actor. I have seen him in all of his movies, except for “Imaginary Heroes”. He trapped me in “The Emperor’s Club” and in “The girl Next Door”. Great acting jobs, in not great movies. Here he is just great (again), with all of his weird faces. He is weird; also calm and gentle. Many things. Richard Jenkins is superb, in showing what I named “silent emotion”. Very interesting how a man can feel very much, but say very little. Tom Guiry is the one that steals the show in the end. He is brave and risky, as no other young actor. He says his lines so strongly that they get to you, just as in “Mystic River”.
And of course, we can’t forget the creator of the whole project; because this is an indie gem. Michael Burke wrote a beautiful and real script. He directed his actors so naturally that everything seemed perfect. His editor also did a hell of a job putting all those still shots together. Very good film-making (I love still shots).
When the film ends, we could feel like there is something missing, something unsolved. But anyway: is there anything else to solve?
It’s almost good.
I saw the premiere of this movie at the Sundance film festival. It starts out as a rather intriguing character study in a beautiful agrarian setting. The audience is immediately endeared to the main character, Duncan, played excellently by Emile Hirsch. However, Duncan’s vacant naivete becomes ridiculous. The film doesn’t go any deeper into him than it did at the beginning. Duncan is also rather stupid. Of course, he’s meant to be pure and innocent, but the concept just goes too far. Duncan is silly enough to take his dear pet chicken on a truck ride with some crazy drunk kids, and he continually goes back to them despite his acknowledgement that they’re only playing with him. A search for acceptance would be a credible explanation if Duncan weren’t so relentlessly stupid for the entire film. There’s no enlightenment. There’s no character arc. And I wouldn’t suggest that an animal rights activist (like myself) should watch the ending. I won’t give it away, though I almost already have. In any case, when an audience member asked the director/writer, Michael Burke, why he chose to give the film the ending it has — which was undoubtedly the lurking question that everyone was mulling over but afraid to ask — Burke answered, “Well, I got to the end and — that’s what happened!” Here we were all expecting some story of catharsis and liberation, and it was revealed to us that not only did the ending have no thought behind it, but the rest of the movie was thoughtless as well. The actors are great, and there are a few suspenseful scenes, and Duncan is rather lovable if you don’t think much about it, but if I weren’t an Emile Hirsch or Thomas Guiry fan, I’d skip it. There’s nothing to learn or discover here.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Romance
Director Michael Burke
Writer Michael Burke
Actors Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Tom Guiry
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio N/A
Laboratory Kodak, USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm