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
I think the director's name is the most important aspect of the film. If you think he's wonderful, then you will give the film an easy ride and read into it whatever you want. If all you know about van Sant is that he has directed several 'mainstream' and 'independent' films, then you will be profoundly insulted by this pathetic collection of clichés masquerading as a film. If the media ruling class can get away with calling this a decent product, then they are taking the mickey in a big way. Let's see: he lost his scriptwriter, so he decided to hang some 'clever' photography on a sequence of clichés loosely arranged as a prologue to a fatal shooting spree: the lack of drama and characterization is of course part of a subtle and profound comment on American school shootings (mention Columbine for publicity) and modern society in general.
How can viewers treat the film with respect when it makes no effort to treat us with respect? We have the relentless boredom of following someone down a corridor, seeing the same banal scene three times, three bulimic girls vomiting together, two shots of the sky (portentous/pathetic), one dumb almost-hero. It is just utter relentless drivel: Hitler speeches and classical music, a dash of possible homosexuality, everyone a caricature or a reference, no realism or poetry, just van Sant everywhere. It is very annoying to know that I spent my money and my time on this rubbish.
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