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Overall Okay, but Disturbing Male-Female Relationship
on December 11, 2015
This is a good movie if you would like to watch a high school senior boy spiraling out of control. Acting is pretty good. Miles Teller is a lot like a young John Cusak. Story line can be slow at times, dialogue not all that purposeful. I think my main problem with this movie is the ending and the demise of the female lead at the expense of the male's growth. The movie sets itself up to be a coming-of-age tale. But as with most indie movies, it just falls short toward the end. It does not show enough growth on the part of the main character.
Also, the main girl, Aimee, in this movie gets treated horribly and keeps coming back for more. He turns her into almost as much of an alcoholic as him. She gets hit by a freaking car because they are fighting, and he's drunk driving as usual. Still, Aimee's supposed best friend is the only one that tries to stand up to Sutter for the way he's treating her (ironically, also Sutter's best friend tells him to stay away for the same reason). So basically, they rarely ever see their friends after that. Then Aimee's attitude is just that it's okay, he can do whatever to her, he can be reckless and stupid and generally an awful human being [under the guise of "coming of age"], and she's fine with it. Not to mention, he never gets over his ex Cassidy the entire movie, even at the graduation he's still obsessed with her. Again, Aimee takes a backseat to this.
Before Sutter, Aimee had a pretty quiet life. She had never even kissed a boy. She was responsible and took on her mom's paper route and paid her own bills. Yet, he turns her into a reckless, impulsive person just like him. It starts with a conversation between the two of him where his idea of her standing up to her mom is for her to yell "F*** YOU MOM." This movie is not something I would show to my teenage girl if I was a mother. Looking at it from an adult perspective, I can see that she is crazy for letting another human being treat her this way. But I could also see a young, impressionable teenage girl watching this and thinking that they should just keep coming back when they are being mistreated because yay, true love. No. You should not let yourself be emotionally abused, because your partner is an out of control, immature, raging alcoholic. The best you could do for this person is try to get them help and take a complete step out of the relationship.
If you look at the movie appropriately, Cassidy is the real heroine. She breaks up with him, because he is an alcoholic, keeps dumping on her, and has no future aspirations. Then, even though she misses him, she sticks to her guns about not getting back with him, because she realizes what trouble he is and that he has a lot of growing up to do on his own. Good for her.