It seems like every artist, be it musician, or filmmaker is obsessed with high school. For many of them it was painful for a variety of reasons, but as they got older and apparently become okay with themselves, they decided to reflect upon just how horrible their teenage years were. Films seem to try and show us all the different ways in which it sucked to be ugly, fat, awkward…you name it. The problem is, we’ve seen it all before, so how do you make it new? Well in this film they made the characters REALLY eccentric, which made from some very interesting scenes in which you were literally on the edge of your seat and sometimes a little curious as to what you’re watching. Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Azazel Jacobs
  • Writer: Patrick Dewitt, Azazel Jacobs
  • Cast: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton, Melanie Abramoff, Olivia Crocicchia
  • Cinematography By: Tobias Datum

The film is definitely a dramedy, with a large emphasis on dark drama.

There are many people out there who can relate to being an outcast, but this film goes to a level that makes “normal” outcasts not even be able to relate to their own kind — which is a real feat.

This film pushes the extremes of high school outsiders, plays with cliches of the “bad kids” and gives you a new perspective on old ways of thinking about high school rejects. Without giving the story away, they really give an in depth look at what it’s like to be a reject of any kind, and the effects that that has on both teens and adults. Though this film is no Kids, and does have comedic elements, something about the way the characters interact is extremely intense and as much of a relevant social commentary as the previously mentioned.

I don’t know if people will be able to relate to it, or if the film goes so far that people will feel like outsiders looking in. I think it’s really a matter of an audience member’s own personal experiences, but I think there is something there for everyone, despite what side of the fence you’re on.

And Terri… oh poor Terri. It was both the best and worst decision to put him in pajamas for the entire film. It immediately tells you everything you need to know to get behind his character, and then goes even deeper. The pajamas tell you everything you needed to know but all I wanted was for him to put on a pair of jeans. It’s hard not to sympathize for him and actually feel the desire to want to help him.

It’s a good thing that they got John C. Reilly to come in and put in such a good performance because he’s really what ties the film together and gives it, its much needed light hearted moments.. Though I think I preferred him in Cedar Rapids, but the man always puts on a good show and this film is no exception.

Rating: 7/10

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