January 26th, 2010
07:51 PM ET

Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts to close out Sundance

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Gossip boy Chace Crawford and Julia Roberts’ niece Emma are two of the stars rounding out director Joel Schumacher’s return to independent film, “Twelve,” the teenage drama that will close out the Sundance Film Festival this week.

In the movie, based on the bestselling novel by wunderkind author Nick McDonell, Crawford plays a high school dropout who starts dealing drugs after his mother dies of cancer. Unlike his pretty-boy alter-ego on the CW network, Crawford's character in this film is the outsider looking in on the Upper East Side teenage debauchery. “Twelve” could be retitled, “Gossip Girl: Raw.”

But Crawford gives a strong performance, as does Roberts as the girl from the wrong side of the tracks (in this case the East River) who has a crush on him. A highlight of the film is definitely Curtis Jackson, aka rapper 50 Cent, as a murderous drug dealer. Unless Jackson was using a booty double in the movie, he has been hitting the gym pretty hard, as evidenced in his nude scene. A narration by Kiefer Sutherland makes viewers hope that Jack Bauer will come in and save what turns out to be a really bad day for the kids of the Upper East Side.

The film, like the book, culminates with an epic bloodbath that might not earn it the PG-13 rating it will need to galvanize the "GG" audience without some time in the editing suite before it is given theatrical distribution.

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  1. Festus

    ...or maybe they pointed out who her aunt is because they don't really expect the twelve-year-old girl demographic to be hitting CNN a lot during school hours.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Actually . . .

    My understanding is that Julia and Emma are close, but both are estranged from Eric. Just because you don't get along with your siblings doesn't mean you have to disown/dislike their children. Maybe she doesn't like him 'cause he's a crappy dad.

    January 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wha,wha what?

    Who and who? BTW, I thought Julia Roberts hated her brother, Eric, the father of her niece, Emma. So why let her ride her brother's daughter's coat tails now?

    January 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debra R

    Is Sundance finally over? Good!

    January 27, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |

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