Young Ones is a 2014 American action science fiction film directed and written by Jake Paltrow. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon and Kodi Smit-McPhee. In a post-drought apocalypse USA, people kill for water. Ernest Holm lives with his son Jerome and daughter Mary in their small town house and field. His wife has been involved in an accident some time earlier and is now permanently hospitalized in a facility where she can walks while wired to a special frame. While everyone else has left the area, Ernest stays, believing that the land will grow once more if only there is irrigation. Ernest gets water for his family by delivering supplies to the "water men" who extract water from deep wells through a government deal. When his mule breaks its legs and he has to kill it, Ernest goes to Sam's auction house and buys a robotic carrier machine called Simulit Shadow, or "Sim", to replace it, beating the offers of Flem, Sam's own son, a young, troubled man who has been seeing Mary without Ernest's consent.