Bringing Rain

Earnestly therapeutic teen trauma opus set in a boarding school, "Bringing Rain" plods forward, fueled by an overzealous belief in its own self-evident message. A car crash after a beach party leaves one teenager scarred and his girlfriend an amputee. The resultant guilt casts a pall over the entire institution. Pic seems headed to cable.

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With: Adrian Grenier, Niesha Butler, Ryan Donowho, Paz de la Huerta, Merritt Wever, Rodrigo Lorpresti, Ray Santiago, Larisa Oleynik, Noah Fleiss.

Earnestly therapeutic teen trauma opus set in an exclusive boarding school, “Bringing Rain” plods forward, fueled by an overzealous belief in its own self-evident message. A car crash after a beach party leaves one teenager scarred and his girlfriend, a champion swimmer, an amputee. The resultant guilt casts a pall over the entire institution. Niesha Butler as the crippled girl brings a sulky presence to her role, but the rest of the cast is left to lamely mope and cope. Pic seems headed to cable.

After the accident, the couple drifts completely apart. She, deeply in denial, is relentlessly upbeat and active except in disturbing nighttime poolside scenes. He meanders aimlessly, cutting classes and forsaking his role as star catcher on the baseball team. Psychology 101 requires that the two get together and work through their problems, thereby freeing their classmates so that they, too, can solve their own demographically allotted hang-ups.

Bringing Rain

Production: A Belladonna production. Produced by Dan O'Meara, Linda Moran, Rene Bastian. Directed, written by Noah Buschel.

Crew: Camera (color, HDV), Yaron Orbach; editor, Pax Wasserman. Reviewed at Tribeca Film Festival (Showcase), May 9, 2003. Running time: 81 MIN.

With: With: Adrian Grenier, Niesha Butler, Ryan Donowho, Paz de la Huerta, Merritt Wever, Rodrigo Lorpresti, Ray Santiago, Larisa Oleynik, Noah Fleiss.

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