Lock and Key is a 2014 American Drama film written by Carl Lund and directed by Tony Kaye starring Zoey Deutch, Cameron Palatas, Dylan Everett, Sarah Silverman, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Moore, Will Arnett, Joseph Fiennes, Allie Grant and Skyler Samuels.

The film is based on the 2008 novel of the same name written by Sarah Dessen.

The film was released theatrically on October 12th, 2014 to positive reception and grossed double it's budget in it's opening theatrical opening weekend.

The film was screened to critics in advance on October 3rd, 2014 at the Toronto Film Festival and ran a succesful theatrical run and circuit run through film festivals leading up to it's theatrical release.

The film was primarily shot in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Montreal, Canada.

The film was distributed by Lionsgate in collaboration with Paramount Pictures.

Much of the film's funding came in with director/writer Marc Webb a fan of the novel.


After her drug and alcohol addicted mother abandons her, child services forces 17-year-old Ruby Cooper to move in with her sister, Cora, who had left for college when Ruby was young. Ruby is upset about this arrangement and continues to wear the key to her old home on a chain around her neck. After learning she will be transferring to a new high school, Ruby attempts to run away but is found out. Nate Cross, Jamie and Cora's next-door neighbor, covers for her. Over the span of the story, Ruby slowly becomes closer to Nate.

As Ruby adjusts to her new life, she learns Cora had not been avoiding her; in fact, Cora had been trying to rescue Ruby from their mother but had always been stopped. Ruby feels overwhelmed with all this, so she skips school to take alcohol and drugs, and later finds herself in Nate's car when he picks her up. Ruby comes home to a furious Jamie, who accuses her for being ungrateful to him and her sister. Having seen resemblances between herself and her mother that night, Ruby becomes determined to change her ways.

One of Nate's clients, a high-strung woman named Harriet, offers Ruby a job at her jewelry store in the mall. Harriet's business booms after a line of key-shaped pendants, inspired by Ruby's necklace, becomes an instant hit. Harriet struggles with a conflict of her own: Because of her independence, she is reluctant to form a relationship with Reggie, who owns the kiosk next to her.

Throughout the story Ruby becomes suspicious about Nate's father, and eventually learns that he abuses Nate. Nate is defensive about this, and that leads to them fighting and breaking up. One day, Cora and Jamie inform Ruby that the police had found her mother unconscious in a hotel room and was sent to a rehabilitation center. Later, Ruby finds out that Nate has run away, but finds him in an apartment room that she and Nate had visited while she was tagging along with him on his job. Ruby drives Nate to the airport when he decides to leave his father to live with his mother. After a sudden realization, she takes the key to the yellow house off its chain, replaces it with the key to Cora and Jamie's house, and hands the necklace to Nate.

At the end of the school year, Ruby gives her English report on the meaning of family. For evidence, she shows two pictures, both of family. The first was of Jamie's huge family, while the second was taken at Ruby's eighteenth birthday party. After trying for months, Cora learns she is finally pregnant, and Ruby is accepted to the same university as Nate. She wants to write a letter to her mother, but not knowing what to say, simply mails a copy of her acceptance letter. At the end of the novel, she stands in the backyard, and as Cora and Jamie are calling for her to leave for her graduation, she takes out the old key to the yellow house from the pocket of her robe and drops it into the koi pond.


  • Zoey Deutch as Ruby Cooper
  • Sarah Silverman as Cora Cooper-Hunter
  • Cameron Palatas as Nate Cross
  • Stanley Tucci as Jamie Hunter
  • Allie Grant as Olivia Davis
  • Dylan Everett as Gervais Miller
  • Will Arnett as Blake Cross
  • Jake T. Austin as Marshall
  • Ivana Baquero as Peyton
  • Moises Arias as Rogerson Biscoe
  • Rose McIver as Laney
  • Julianne Moore as Harriet
  • Joseph Fiennes as Reggie
  • Skyler Samuels as Heather Wainwright
  • Ruby Cooper
  • Nate Cross
  • Cora Cooper-Hunter
  • Jamie Hunter
  • Olivia Davis
  • Gervais Miller
  • Blake Cross
  • Harriet
  • Reggie
  • Heather Wainwright


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  2. Best Day Of My Life- American Authors
  3. Sing- Ed Sheeran
  4. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps- Doris Day
  5. Mood Indigo- Doris Day
  6. Video Games- Lana Del Rey
  7. Mr. Brightside- The Killers
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  9. Hey Boys and Girls (Truth Of The World)- Evermore
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