0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Well made but unpleasant
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
2 March 2008
I tried watching YOUNGSTER twice. The first time, it just seemed so
unpleasant that I soon turned it off and watched something else.
However, about a week later I tried again--at only eight minutes, it
was worth another try.
The film starts out with a young punk who looks to be about 13 going
into a convenience store to buy a coke. Because he is a drug dealer,
his smallest bill was a $20. Much of what happens after this is vulgar
and gross--I'll just skip ahead a bit. A crack addict approaches him
for a fix but he doesn't have the money on him. On a lark, the dealer
follows him home to get the money. This all leads to a tragic ending.
This is a thoroughly unpleasant film that can't be recommended as a
"feel good" movie, but this is due to the subject matter. However, if
the film was intended to shock audiences (which I assume was the
intention), then it worked. Seeing this little kid handling a gun,
selling drugs and apparently without a conscience was emotionally
draining and sad--and I know there are some kids just like this in the
world. It really does make an impact--I'm just not sure who'd want to
see it. Perhaps people who appreciated the Brazilian drug film, CITY OF
GOD. Others will probably be like me initially and just turn it off and
watch something pleasant.
I appreciate the film for what it was--a sad look into an already
Add another review