A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget. Written by
When Nate is first shown at the GSA meeting, he is seen wearing a tan shirt, then later when he walks to the door and is shot, he is wearing a blue shirt. When you see him laying on the floor after Benny enters the classroom, he's wearing a tan shirt again. See more »
Van Sant Has Proved That School Shootings Can Be Boring!
I find it outrageous to find so many raving reviews of this awful, awful movie. It is being commended for not trying to explain why these school shootings take place. First, I don't understand why that is a good thing and second, yes it does try to explain why this happens in a very heavy handed fashion. The boys are picked on in school (spit wad scene), they play violent video games, and watch old Nazi reels. I'd say a few motives have been established and therefore this violence is not random as Ebert seems to think.
The movie is also being praised as wonderful because it shows the typical day of high school students. But it is not at all typical. There is almost no dialogue in this movie. That is not typical. And from this movie you would think that high school students spent 90% of their day walking alone. I would venture to guess that more than 1/2 of this movie is watching somebody walk. There is one scene where a girl enters a gymnasium and I immediately thought to myself, "My God, they are not going to film her shuffling across this entire gymnasium in silence are they." Yes, they did.
Lastly, not only does this movie lack any valuable social commentary, it also lacks any sense of entertainment value. Before this movie I didn't think that a school shooting could be boring. It can. The acting is atrocious and from the little dialogue there is you can tell they just turned the camera's on and asked the kids to start talking about something. The conversations seem forced and artificial. And much of the dialogue cannot even be heard.
This movie is so boring, at only 81 minutes it felt like four hours.
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