Twelve (2010 film)

Twelve is a 2010 American-French action drama teen film directed by Joel Schumacher and distributed by Hannover House. It was written by Jordan Melamed and is based on Nick McDonell's 2002 novel of the same name. Its story follows a young drug dealer whose luxurious lifestyle falls apart after his cousin is murdered and his best friend is arrested for the crime. It stars Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, Curtis Jackson, Emily Meade, Emma Roberts, and Erik Per Sullivan.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoel Schumacher
Produced byTed Field
Screenplay byJordan Melamed
Based onTwelve
by Nick McDonell
Narrated byKiefer Sutherland
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographySteven Fierberg
Edited byPaul Zucker
Distributed byHannover House
Release date
  • January 29, 2010 (2010-01-29) (Sundance)
  • August 6, 2010 (2010-08-06) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
  • United States
  • France
Budget$5 million[1]
Box office$2,648,195[1]

The film was produced by Gaumont Film Company and Radar Pictures and premiered on January 29, 2010 at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival[2] and was released theatrically on August 6, 2010. It grossed $110,238 during its opening weekend and $2.6 million worldwide, against a budget of $5 million.[3] It received negative reviews and has a 3% approval rating based on 30 votes on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]


On the Upper East Side, White Mike, once a wealthy, carefree teenager, now struggles to scrape out a living as a pot dealer; he deals to his former classmates. His mother died a year prior, her treatment consuming his family's wealth and leaving Mike emotionally scarred. Mike's good friend, Molly, does not know he is a drug dealer. Mike's supplier, Lionel, also deals with addictive drug cocktail "Twelve" to Mike's cousin, Charlie. Charlie attempts to mug Lionel, since he is unable to pay for the drug. Lionel shoots Charlie and shoots an innocent observer, Nana. Mike and Charlie's good friend, Hunter, is taken into custody for the murders.

Several other young residents of this wealthy Manhattan scene are introduced at a party as customers of White Mike, including Tobias, Yvette, Sara, Jessica and the party's host, Chris. Jessica tries Twelve for the first time, leading to an addiction. During the party, Chris' older brother, Claude, a sociopath and weapon collector, returns home after breaking out of rehab. Their mother discovers this and threatens to call the police. Sara manipulates Chris into throwing a huge birthday party for her, just before the end of spring break. She and her friends invite everyone they know in order to make Sara's birthday "famous".

Out of drugs and money, Jessica asks Lionel to stop by Sara's party so she can buy more Twelve. Tobias meets Molly during a drug deal with Mike, and invites her to Sara's party. Mike sees this, and calls him to get him away from Molly. Mike meets up with her, where she tells him about Tobias and the party. Molly suggests visiting Mike at his job, which Mike denies before running off. Molly decides to go to the party.

As the party starts, Claude locks himself in his room, practising with his weapons. Lionel arrives, but is furious with Jessica, as she does not have the money she promised. Since she has no money, she first offers him oral sex, then to have sex with him, which Lionel agrees. Mike's father calls him to deliver the news that Charlie is dead, his body identified. Mike tries to call Molly, who does not answer her phone. He goes to the party to locate her, but is stopped by several drunk party-goers. He accidentally stumbles upon Jessica and Lionel having sex.

Startled, Lionel begins to draw out a gun, which Mike recognizes as Charlie's. As Mike begins to accuse Lionel of the murder, Lionel shoots him, causing Claude to pull out his weapons and begin shooting up the party. Teenagers rush out of the party, but many others are killed, including Lionel. Claude hears police sirens and runs outside to die in a suicide by cop fashion. As Sara lies dying, her last thought is how this will make her famous. Mike wakes up in the hospital and Molly reprimands him for his drug-dealing livelihood. He wants to call her when he is sent home, but she says no. Mike visits Nana's mother, and together they connect over their shared grief. Mike comes to terms with his mother's death.



Twelve premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[6]

The film opened on August 6, 2010, and earned a domestic total of $183,920 in a release of a mere two weeks. The film grossed $2,299,357 in foreign territories, adding up to $2,483,277. Based on an estimated $5 million budget, the film is a box office bomb.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received largely negative reviews, currently holding a 3% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 30 reviews.[7] On Metacritic, the film has a 22/100 rating based on 13 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[8]

The film has been referred to as "the worst movie in the history of Sundance".[9] In his review in New York Times, Stephen Holden writes:

Early in "Twelve," the narrator sums up the film's nihilistic milieu in a world-weary observation borrowed from the novel: "It's all about want. Nobody needs anything here." I would add, nobody needs to see "Twelve," as "controversial" or "shocking" (to drop another adjective that has lost its mojo) as it strains to be.[10]

Home mediaEdit

The DVD was released on December 28, 2010; the only special features include previews for Mirrors 2, Predators, Vampires Suck, The A-Team, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.


  1. ^ a b c "Twelve (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  2. ^ McClintock, Sharon Swart,Pamela; Swart, Sharon; McClintock, Pamela (January 28, 2010). "'Twelve' inks deal at Sundance". Variety. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Twelve". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Twelve (2010), retrieved February 22, 2020
  5. ^ Monsters & Critics, (April 6, 2009)
  6. ^ McCarthy, Todd (December 3, 2009). "Sundance unveils complete lineup". Variety. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "Twelve". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Twelve Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "Is 'Twelve' the Worst Movie in the History of Sundance?". Gawker. Gawker Media. January 30, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Movie Review - 'Twelve' - Nick McDonell's Novel on Screen, With 50 Cent". New York Times. August 5, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2015.

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