Young Ones

Synopsis: Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome ( Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning) fends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that's steeped deeply in the values of the American West.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jake Paltrow
Production: Screen Media Ventures
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

I never saw this land

when it was green.

My father did.

He worked it before

the drought came.

He used to talk about

it all the time.

He used to talk about the

wheat they grew and the

pride they felt.

He always believed

in the land.

Even as the fights over

water first divided states,

then towns, and then neighbors,

most people who could, left.

But he had his

reasons for staying.

He was convinced the

land would come back.

It just needed water.

And he was right.



Uhh, uhh...

No no

no no no no no no no!

You killed him!

Get away from him!

You killed him!

I gotta go to the bathroom.

You don't turn forward, I'm

going to have to cut you down.

I gotta piss!

If I don't take it out and

go I'm gonna go in my pants!

Do not move your arms!

Now you tell me

where you're from!

They said there's

water here.

Who said?

Which direction

you come from?

At the blacktop, we went

right, so two days to the

left I guess.

Gray bell?

No way!


Turn around slow.

Beautiful, this way.


You ain't gonna

shoot me in the back.

What's left in caddy?

Oh god damn it

I'm peeing myself!

I'm just gonna have to

stink now until I can...

Kill him?

You hit Ernest?

Stay there!


I'll get it.

You should've let

me help you Ernest.

I'm not scared.

How do you spell your name?


Your name.

How do you spell it?




Maybe you're

more of a Jerry.

I don't like that.


Then why you call me Ernest?

'Cause that's your name.

Well I'd prefer if

you stuck with dad.

Can't call it

a well no more.

Should we go back?

She'll make it.

First they took

your water, then they

took your land, and next

they'll take your car, and

when they do, just come on

down and buy another one at

Calvin hoyman auto machines.

Where the vehicles vary, but the

deals are all the same!

Voice of the west shortwave,

where the airwaves live free.

This week after months

of stalemate, many of the

state's water projects

resumed operation, after

agreeing to

federal oversight.

Good they're drilling again,

but who's going to get the water?

From the vista, all I cannsee

is industrial farms benefit.

I'm just a small

local farmer!

Chuck wagon coming in boys!


Remember Jerome, when we get

to the top, you stay close

and let me do the talking.

These men are animals.

You've got no

business with them.

We'll deliver the rations and

booze and get the hell out of there.

Did my nicotine

patches come in?

Not yet.

Maybe next time.


That's nice.

Yeah, alright.

Nice and crisp.

Very well made.

Thought you went


You fall off the wagon?

I sell it.


You know what all these

supplies'd fetch you at the


Few trips of your loads

and we all retire.

Then what would you eat?

Like you said, evaluating

the food or magazines, you

must've done something

shady to get this detail.

I got a donkey.

You think that's

gonna cut it?

Hey Caleb, I was hoping I could

talk to you about this water.

If it's not heading towards

us, where's it going?

We just got to reroute

it around your little

subsistence farms.

Irrigate the

commercial crop.

You sound like

you're proud of it.

I'm proud of hard work.

A job's a job, Ernest.

And you better remember that

if you want to keep yours

delivering supplies to us.

My land's fertile,

it's just dry.

Hoo boy!

We know how much

you hate being dry.

You just worry about getting

those supplies up here.

Let us worry about

where the water goes.


Oh, geez.

Woah, woah, woah.


I'm sorry.

No, it's okay.

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Jake Paltrow

Jacob Danner Paltrow (born September 26, 1975) is an American film director, screenwriter and actor. Coming from a family of actors, he is the younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow and the son of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. more…

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