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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."
The problem with Thurston is that despite his best efforts to win over the love of his life, there's always a series of struggles that prevent the relationship from properly and completely getting off the ground (such as a couple awkward situations where Thurston approaches Kat's father at the front door and doesn't know how to introduce himself without stuttering and getting confused). This scene is hilarious for the way he tries to strike up a conversation by way of handing the father some cupcakes and yet the father *still* wants nothing to do with him, and surely doesn't want his daughter dating such a gibberish spounting weirdo, lol.
We eventually realize that the teacher has issues of his own.Read more ›
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One of the most annoying, self-indulgent, nonsensical movies I have ever had the misfortune to suffer through and pay for the displeasure of viewing, chock full of hollow... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Raisler
This movie is not for everyone, but it was a bit fascinating and even entertaining in a dark sort of way.Published 7 months ago by Practical
Dennings' performance in this is wonderful. However, the film sometimes romanticizes the hardships of life in rural America. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Case