"Disturbing Teenage Hedonism"
TWELVE, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland and based on the novel of the same name by Nick McDonell, is a hedonistic drama about privileged teenagers who live in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and indulge in every vice imaginable, from illegal drugs to foul language and from strong underage alcohol use to immoral sexual behavior.
“White Mike” is a drug dealer who sells marijuana to New York’s richest kids. Now that it is spring break, everyone is home from boarding school looking to get high. However, this year “White Mike” is in competition with a new recreational drug that is emerging. It is called “Twelve,” and this strong hallucinogenic drug is taking over the youth population.
While trying to maintain his clientele, “White Mike” must also keep his life as a drug dealer concealed from his childhood friend, Molly. He also has to find the person who shot his cousin during a drug deal gone wrong. Everything in “White Mike’s” life comes to a head when all the local teenagers gather for the 18th birthday party of a wealthy debutante with nothing but drugs, alcohol and sex on their minds. Then, an enraged gunman lets loose on the teenagers’ epic party.
TWELVE is horrible. It is disturbing on so many levels, the least of which is the ultra-realistic violence during the shootout at the party, which leaves several teenagers dead. The movie weaves together not only “White Mike’s” story but also the lives of many of the teenagers who indulge in this destructive lifestyle. However, the movie does not succeed at being an engaging drama but is rather a disturbing display of excessive behavior amongst teenagers.
The movie has a vile amount of drug use, teenage alcohol abuse, teenage drunk driving, teenage sexuality including depicted fornication, depicted oral sex and depicted prostitution as a teen sells her body to pay for her drugs. There is also an obscene amount of realistic violence as an enraged gunman shoots down several teenagers at the big party. Even though the movie contains some light Christian references and a brief moral, redemptive aspect of forgiveness, the positive content is lost among the hedonism and vain pursuit of pagan pleasures.
TWELVE is a grievous look at both the dark side of society and the tragic side of the teenagers in our society who need parental guidance and spiritual direction. Teenagers are in precarious state of cognitive development in which they can be greatly influenced by peers and pressured into immoral behavior such as the kinds this movie depicts and glorifies. The movie’s depiction of such destructive behavior is the direct result of modern society’s pagan and humanist bigotry against Jesus Christ.
Media-wise parents should be aware of the sinful influences out there, especially in the mass media of entertainment, and they should equip themselves and their children to make moral choices based on the Biblical worldview. MOVIEGUIDE® has many tools available, such as Dr. Ted Baehr’s book THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, which can help guide young people toward moral, Biblical life choices instead of the vile, pagan hedonism depicted and even promoted by movies like TWELVE.
(PaPaPa, Ho, B, C, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AAA, DDD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview with heavy emphasis on teenage hedonism as privileged teenagers party, drink, indulge in illegal drug use with no thought of long-term repercussions, brief homosexual and lesbian jokes, light moral and Christian worldview elements include young man looks for answers inside a church where he sees a painting of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, Christian cross is seen on the wall of a grieving mother whose son was killed in a drug deal and reformed drug dealer seeks forgiveness from grieving mother; at least 117 mostly strong obscenities and 14 profanities (there may be more foul language contained in music with graphic lyrics playing in background); very strong violence includes several people being shot in drug deals, two teenagers brawl and punch each other, young man experiences steroid rage and punches wall until his knuckles bleed and he threatens his little brother with a sword to his throat, drug dealer and steroid-rager both go on a shooting spree at a teenager’s birthday party and shoot several teenagers killing many of them, and shooter is gunned down by police; strong sexual content includes lots of graphic discussion of teenage sex plus implied fornication, depicted oral sex, depicted fornication/prostitution when young teenager pays for drugs to dealer with sex, unmarried kissing, and young man hopes to lose virginity so he doesn’t have to keep looking at pornography; upper female nudity, upper male nudity in several scenes, rear male nudity, teenage girl in lingerie, teenage girl in bikini; strong alcohol use and drunkenness depicted amongst teenagers, plus drunk driving depicted; marijuana sales throughout the movie, marijuana use depicted, hardcore hallucinogenic drug named “twelve” is used in several scenes, overall theme of drug dealers and illegal drug use among teenagers, and steroid use; and, lying, blackmail, revenge.
TWELVE is a drama based on a novel about privileged teenagers in the Upper East Side of New York who indulge in every vice imaginable. “White Mike” is a drug dealer who sells marijuana to New York’s richest youth. During spring break, everyone is home from boarding school looking to get high. This year “White Mike” is in competition with a new emerging recreational drug called “Twelve.” This strong hallucinogenic drug is taking over the youth population. While trying to maintain his clientele, “White Mike” must also keep his life as a drug dealer concealed from his childhood friend, Molly. He also has to find the person who shot his cousin during a drug deal gone wrong. Everything in “White Mike’s” life comes to a head when all the local teenagers gather for the 18th birthday party of a wealthy debutante with nothing but drugs, alcohol and sex on their empty minds.
TWELVE is a vile independent movie with a vile amount of destructive, immoral behavior. It ends in graphic violence and murder. This rampant sinfulness is the direct result of modern society’s pagan and humanist bigot rejection of faith and values.