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By the way, the soundtrack is AMAZING! Cannot wait to buy it!
Here's the scoop. Caroline (Kat Dennings) is from the big city. She's bright, savvy and is having a difficult time adjusting to this town where an industrial fire raging just off its borders, the kids imbibe copious amounts of alcohol and there is a serial killer on the loose. So what does she do? She puts the moves on her English teacher and dates a nice, local schoolmate to cover her tracks. Said teacher dates the school's female Phys Ed teacher to cover his. Things don't go very well.
This has a lot of cool things happening. Lights, sparklers and fireworks are nearly ubiquitous. They appear, in one form or another, in many scenes. Then there's the ominous plume of smoke, off in the distance, issuing from the burning factory. It lends a sense of dread to the proceedings. I also like how certain scenes are repeated using different characters. I thought it was a nice touch. How about the characters. Thurston (Reece Thompson) is a good hearted, smart enough guy who gets too high too often. He likes Caroline. She IS witty and her sharp tongue might be the slap he needs to wake him up from the mind-numbing existence of small time life. How about Barry Anderson (Josh Lucas) the English teacher. What a knucklehead. He has to know, in the back of his mind, that sleeping with a student can only end badly. Then to think she's the love of his life?! Grow up!
Like all good indy flicks this is all writing and acting. The cast is more than decent and it's peppered with some really nifty tunes as well. It's directed and shot professionally. I didn't see the bones showing. So, if you're prone toward this sort of thing this is a good outing.
After her death, it appears the overly mature Caroline is the prettiest girl in school. She seduces her teacher and a classmate. As time goes on we discover the teacher has the persona of a psychotic character portrayed from his own novel and has developed an unhealthy need to continue his relationship with Caroline.
The movie makes clever use of juxtapositions to create humorous scenes. There are also slow scenes and slightly annoying first person narration. The soundtrack was fairly lame. The climax scene is supposed to be a culmination of the scenes building up upon each other. In an indie, it is not necessarily predictable, but it is at least metaphorically or symbolically part of the movie. This one was not. It was a complete let down and a lack of closure by the writer. Want to watch a clever indie, try "Chumscubber."
Serial Killer theme is wrapped up with the hollowest of sense, SO random and out of left field, one of the laziest WTF writing you will EVER see on film. If you blink, you will miss it. BEYOND lazy writing.
Main character seems to exist only to hammer home cliche that men only want empty, bitchy. narcissistic ball breakers. Might ring a note of truth if you had ANY idea WHY she is such a self-loathing siren, but you get NO idea why she humps and dumps, and it's just SO ridiculously boring that it becomes laughable.
Pretentious artsy crap that hopes it's SO badly vague, that some hipsters will decide it's art.
Brings to mind (Forgotten) comedian
"I've suffered for my art...
Now it's your turn..."
BTW, If you thought watching this mess was at least going to get you a peek at Kat Dennings rack, you are sadly mistaken. You don't even get a HINT of her cleavage, and, for the ladies, no Josh Lucas chest either.
NO decent characterization
Not even any decent skin shots, even tho the only point of this movie seems to be random sex
SO beyond fail it makes my head hurt...
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