I am always drawn to movies which deal with themes of innocence lost. There's something profound about children being faced with grown up situations and being prematurely catapulted into adulthood. Stand By Me and The Boys Club are two good examples. Mean Creek is another. Its about a group of kids fed up with the school bully and they set about teaching him a lesson. What was supposed to be a harmless prank turns into a tragedy and these kids are faced with a horror which will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Its heavy stuff and its beautifully told. All kid actors are brilliant and its an amazing achievement from a first time director. An interesting parallel to Stand By Me is that both of the "fat kids" in these films subsequently shed all of their weight soon after. Jerry O'Connell in Stand By Me and Josh Peck in Mean Creek.