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It seems somewhat futile to describe Matt Johnson’s The Dirties as being pertinent. What with the recent, tragic shooting spree in California, the continuing debate of films inspiring violence returns yet again – and it’s a notion that Johnson’s directorial debut intricately studies, and ultimately, rejects. The contentious, imaginative feature is putting the audience in the perpetrator’s position, and it’s this provoking of sympathy for such a character, which has stimulated such discussion.

“I was watching documentaries about Columbine and the home movies that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had made, school projects of them making Tarantino-type movies, and watching those, I thought, I am exactly like this kid,” Johnson told HeyUGuys. “I’m exactly like him. We made the same jokes, we had a lot of the same expressions, we were making movies in the same way, especially when I was that age. »

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