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12 AND HOLDING
USA: IFC Films First Take
UK: Lionsgate UK
Cast: Linus Roache, Annabella Sciorra, Jeremy Renner, Jayne Atkinson, Bruce Altman, Marcia Debonis, Tom McGowan, Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoë Weizenbaum, Bruce Altman, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony Roberts, Michael Fuchs, Martin Campetta, Joseph "CJ" Foster, Max Miner, Noelle "Parker" Present, Jessica Sorto, Adam Lefever, Julia Ryan, Terry Urdang, Robertson Carricat, Marcella Lowery, Jodi Markell, Bianca Ryan, Michael Siravo Iv, Emilio Cuesta
Director: Michael Cuesta
USA: 94 mins
UK: 95 mins
USA Rated: R for some violence and sexual content involving minors, and for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and bereavement theme
USA Release Date: 19 May 2006 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
12 AND HOLDING explores the complexities of children losing their innocence and adults struggling to guide them. In the suburbs of America, three close knit 12 year-olds - introverted Jacob (Conor Donovan), precocious Malee (Zoë Weizenbaum) and vulnerable Leonard (Jesse Camacho) - start down the path of self-discovery and begin to distinguish their own voices from those of their parents. Sparked by the tragic death of Jacob's twin brother, the trio band together as they grapple with feelings of revenge, the burden of grief and the indelible experiences of growing up.
12 AND HOLDING enters the intricate - and often humorous world where adolescence and adulthood collide, when parents at times seem as lost as their own children. As each family's personal challenges are revealed, they learn to better understand each other and their own realities.