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    Wow I don't know what the other reviewers here were on while watching this movie. My wife & I were 100% sober and drinking water as we watched this in our home.

    The main character (Tom) is seriously the weirdest character that I've ever seen in a movie as a main character. I mean you never knew what he was going to do or say.

    All I can really say is this movie is WEIRD. Seriously weird. I wouldn't watch it again and wish I could reclaim the time I spent watching it.

    This is in no way critical of the actors. They may be great in other films, just this movie is seriously F'ing weird.

    P.S. Devon Iott is hot, though she shows no skin.
  • i saw Growing Out at a private showing in Westwood, ca. I don't have enough time to explain just HOW much i loved this film. it was a great horror, musical, drama, dark comedy, in the vein of the 1980's "Little Shop of Horrors". although instead of fifties rock and roll numbers, it was accompanied by music which consisted of mostly acoustic guitar, and vocals. the song choices at first where very surprising, but they fit the film in a "See it to believe it" kind of way. I think Growing Out is definitely bound for "Cult Classic" status, and YOU should see it whenever you have the chance.

    -Juan Larrazabal
  • Great movie! This is my kind of horror film. There are lots of suspenseful moments, interspersed with pockets of tongue in cheek humor that made me laugh out loud! Oh, and a love story to boot! and great music! This movie was extremely entertaining while in the theater, and very thought provoking on the ride home. The other three people in my car and I had a lively discussion after the movie. I loved the movie as I watched it and then still loved it as it opened up so much discussion! The characters were all well developed, and yet each one had a bit of non-formulaic mystery and intrigue that made each of us in the car get attached to a different one. And we kept quoting lines from the movie for weeks afterward. Now that's a good movie!
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    GROWING OUT is an ultra-boring indie horror flick with a few surreal touches. The whole film is about a loner guy sitting around in his house; the story is whether he's going out of his mind. The twist is that he sees a human being growing out of his basement floor, which is a weird effect but largely underutilised. If you want to see a film where 90% of the running time consists of a bearded guy sitting around and playing his guitar then this is the film for you; everyone else should proceed with caution.
  • Some singer/guitarist loser manages to get himself "fired" from open mic night at a café. Another artist bullies him. On his way home he sees a one-armed guy playing guitar. They talk and the loser decides to live in a room in the guy's house in exchange for cleaning up the place and feeding the aunt who lives upstairs a sandwich every day. He's also told there a stench coming from somewhere.

    While in the basement he sees a hand sticking out the ground. He covers it up with a can. Next time he sees the hand, it's now the forearm too that's sticking out. The guy waters it(?).

    One day he sees a gorgeous girl sitting in a tree, what else, playing guitar. She's missing a finger. He follows her and she goes into the house where he's staying. Turns out in the backyard lives some chatty guy in a tiny camper. The pretty girl is his girl friend. She befriends our loser who starts writing songs about her. Eventually she wants more with him but he feels uncomfortable being the guy with whom she cheats. By now, out of the ground in the basement isn't just an arm, but a guy's head, then his torso, then his one leg. He becomes the loser's confidant and adviser.

    Eventually chatty guy suspects his girl is cheating on him but doesn't quite accuse the loser directly. And at some point, the house owner asks our loser to leave. That's too much for him.

    Growing Out is a romantic musical with some dark "comedy" I guess, that eventually turns into horror. It moves at a snail's pace and is about 15-20 minutes too long for a low budget independent movie. The romantic and sexual tension is well done, in fact, the movie improves dramatically once the girl shows up. She doesn't stick around long though. Even the musical aspects are well done, even though I hate musicals. But here it's just voice and guitar and the songs are pretty good. Unfortunately, early on you can tell that this movie isn't going anywhere. And it doesn't, until perhaps the very end. The filmmakers aren't interested in creating some tension that needs to be resolved, something to build toward. Things just drag on without direction or purpose. I take it there must be something to the guy emerging from the ground, to the missing limbs, to the mysterious aunt. I just didn't care enough to interpret it. The characters are likable enough but the filmmakers gave us no reason to invest our attention in this movie. There's skill, effort, and ideas at display in this movie, but it wasn't enough.
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    After much anticipation, I sat down for a private screening of Growing Out: I loved it!

    Brilliant writing and acting. You'll feel a little nauseated, a little disappointed in the characters, and a little happy - all at the same time! It's not a feel good, leave numb movie. It's a movie you'll want to talk about after it ends, even if you are sitting around and everyone else is doing the talking.

    Favorites: I grew attached to the gnome for some comic relief. A hand growing out of the basement - just as creepy as it sounds. I loved Archie's innocent energy and was captivated by Veronica's song in the tree. As a fan of cheesy romantic comedies, I got my fill with the love rhombus.

    Who knew that that greedy napkin thief would be pivotal to so much drama?
  • ilovemovies-jaamm22 January 2009
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    If you like movies that are unique, unpredictable, and thoroughly entertaining then this is your top pick. A devilish blend of gut busting laughter and gut wrenching scenes make it a must see if you can find this gem. It's so seriously weird and creative - I mean how often do you see a girl screw a guitar slide on her hand instead of a finger? Or a one armed guy rock out? Plus as a musician, I love how music is such an integral part of the film.

    Does anyone know when the next showing is? Or when I can buy it on DVD?

    on a side note, how did they get a guy to grow out of the floor? i want to see some special features.