12 and Holding (2005)








Chlotrudis Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Nominated Chlotrudis Award Best Supporting Actress
Zoe Weizenbaum
Independent Spirit Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Nominated John Cassavetes Award Michael Cuesta (director/producer)
Leslie Urdang (producer)
Michael Cuesta (producer)
Brian Bell (producer)
Jenny Schweitzer (producer)
Anthony Cipriano (writer)
Young Artist Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
Conor Donovan
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress
Zoe Weizenbaum


After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a disfigured 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, hormones, and family dysfunction.

The film explores adolescent issues through the minds of three friends and their reactions after a boy named Rudy Carges (Conor Donovan) dies in a tree house set on fire by local bullies Jeff and Kenny.

The boy''s twin brother Jacob, a boy with a huge birthmark (also played by Donovan), decides to seek revenge against the bullies. Leonard (Jesse Camacho) who''s overweight, survives the tree house fire but loses his sense of taste and smell. This prompts him to go on a diet, which isn''t welcomed by his obese family. The boys'' female friend Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) tries to befriend an adult named Gus (Jeremy Renner), a grief-stricken patient of her therapist mother, Carla (Annabella Sciorra). Jacob''s family falls apart after the death of his brother. But shortly after, his parents adopt a boy so Jacob won''t feel alone. Meanwhile, Malee sees Gus as her "soul mate". She sneaks into his house one night to find him grieving. Afraid to confront him, Malee steals his gun and leaves.

Jacob frequently visits Jeff and Kenny, who are serving time in a juvenile hall. Jacob initially threatens them until one day Jeff commits suicide, and Jacob befriends Kenny. Meanwhile, Leonard''s father decides to take his sisters to Florida instead of Leonard (who would usually go) as a form of punishment for Leonard dieting. Leonard decides to force his mother to lose weight by trapping her in the cellar. They both end up in the hospital after a gas leak in their home. Next, Jacob and Kenny plan an escape out of town. Malee visits Gus and removes her clothes in an attempt to seduce him. Instead, Gus calls Malee''s mother to come and pick her up. The next day, Gus explains to therapist Carla about the last fire he ever fought (which involved killing an injured little girl, upon the girl''s request), claiming that Malee wanted him to take her pain away, upon already knowing she had a crush on him. The night of escape for Jacob finally comes and he meets up with Kenny. Jacob insists on going through a construction site which he says is a secret route. Once there, Jacob points a gun at Kenny (the same one Malee had stolen from Gus) and tells him that he had it coming before shooting him dead. Jacob buries the body and leaves.

After the vengeance, Jacob now accepts his adopted brother. Malee begins visiting her estranged father, and Leonard''s family finally starts eating healthily.








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