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  • Summary: "The Elephant King" is a provocative and stirring story of two American brothers, Oliver and Jake Hunt, adrift in an exotic world they don't fully understand. A domineering mother dispatches her young, introverted son Oliver off to Thailand to do everything he can to lure his reckless, older brother back home to the US to face pending fraud charges. Oliver finds the intoxication of Thailand hard to resist, especially when it has a face as alluring as Lek's. As Oliver falls deeply in love for the first time, Jake slips deeper into despair, and the seams of their relationship begin to come undone. When the true extent of Jake's decadence and self-destruction is revealed to Oliver, he is forced to decide whether he will save his brother's life or his own. (Unison Films) Expand
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  1. 50
    Tells a colorful if conventional tale of dysfunctional Americans abroad. The misadventures of Jake and Oliver play off against the conflicted sympathies of the locals, who simultaneously resent, enjoy, prosper from and exploit the tourist scene.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    The film may be too mainstream for arthouses, and too arty for the mall.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oliver's instant switch from bespectacled nerd to Thai-stick smoking, love-struck tourist is more embarrassing than convincing, as is the film's reliance on literally elephant-heavy symbolism.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Equivalent to a crummy band with a monster of a drummer who convinces you to stay for the whole show anyways.
  5. 50
    Director-writer Seth Grossman provides a lazy narrative, with stereotypical characters and plot.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Vaguely pitched somewhere between indie-gritty and predictably conventional, the film struggles to strike a manageable equilibrium, much as its characters attempt to navigate the prospects and pitfalls of a footloose life overseas.