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Joel Schumacher's "Twelve" a Drama, Yet Critics Keep Laughing

| by Hollywood Elsewhere

I chose not to see Joel Schumacher's Twelve at Sundance 2010 for what I felt was a pretty good reason. As much as I'd like to see Schumacher proverbially bounce back with another Tigerland, which I thought was better than decent, I'm very suspicious of moral-crisis-leading-to-moral-wakeup dramas about jaded rich kids doing the old Less Than Zero, or an approximation of same.

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I'm not saying Twelve is one thing or another, not having seen it, but the milieu, which I feel I've come to know from previous films mining the same turf, is fairly repugnant. Plus I've developed an aversion to any films starring any Culkins. Plus I'm a a little afraid these days of Ellen Barkin. (And this was before I'd seen S**t Year, of course.)

In a piece called "Is Joel Schumacher's Twelve Worse Than Batman and Robin?", Cinematical's Eric Davis wrote that "you know something is off when [a] gritty, drug-fueled ensemble drama premieres at the Sundance Film Festival to a crowd full of critics who can't stop laughing. I happened to be one of the folks in that first press screening for Twelve, and I can tell you straight up that this flick is a mess. Not only are there too many characters and too many random storylines, but you don't care about any of it."

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