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Teenage Dirtbag (2009)

 -  Drama  -  20 October 2009 (USA)
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A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that ... See full summary »

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Thayer Mangeress
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Amber Lange
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Mr. Mangeress
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Mr. Ruskovitch
Billy Jones ...
Dooley
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Jeannie Mangeress
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Mr. Lange
Kyle Lupo ...
Ty
Mitch Belyea ...
Stacey
Bethany D. Hart ...
Ashley (as Bethany Webley)
Cris Winger ...
Tabitha
Josh Mastel ...
Carter
Sara Nicholls ...
Mrs. Burrows
Julie Anne Young ...
Coach Faye
Kim Hegeduis ...
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A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that cannot withstand her social pressures or his brutal home life. Written by Regina Crosby

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Death is fleeting... Love lasts forever.

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While the opening credits say "based on true events", Thayer did not exist. Writer and director Regina Crosby based Teenage Dirtbag on her experience in high school, Coeur d'Alene (where the high school scenes were actually filmed), and not on any one instance. Of the movie, Crosby said "It definitely talks about the pain you go through in growing up," She said. "You have a lot of regrets that you take into adulthood from high school, and you almost never get the opportunity to make corrections on those regrets or reach out to somebody you didn't reach out to at the time." See more »

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In Study Hall Thayer shows Amber a huge scar on his stomach. In a later scene without his shirt on, the scar isn't there. See more »

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Thayer: Is it your need for attention that makes you a dirty, little slut?
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No ordinary love :)
20 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

It would seem like an opened a window on someone very dear's secret thoughts. There are no much ups and downs in the story, it is quite flat. It's so simple, so well - known, but through this very same quality it reaches to involve the audience so deeply - and thus such an intimacy felt with the characters. The antagonist main characters under the aura of truthfulness, reach to connect to each other in the class of Creative Writing, where they are asked to bare their souls. Naked and pure as they are exposed, they find that poetry is within every single life - no matter the dramas, no matter the pain, no matter the hurt. He is a life gambler - can have everything because he needs nothing: he is used to disasters, he has no fears. But he can't stand being ignored by her, the perfect, all neat and tidy cheerleader. On the other side you find out she is condemned even more then him: condemned to be cold and controlled. She is the one who is under the pressure of maintaining the social status.

The love that flourishes is a rare unconsumed one, mingled in breathtaking poetries and murmured confessions. They find themselves making love in their fight, not accepting the tremors they cause to one another, avoiding and nurturing an unseen bound that ties them forever. But she stops searching him, wanting him, inspiring them. Her days die. So seems to be with the inner fire he could have lit within her soul. Her attitude, head up high reaching mountains he never wanted, treats him as a small firefly, another amusement of summer twilights, a distracting one. She chooses the acceptable format by the society and ceases to believe in the dance of their souls. The movie is about everlasting loves between lost souls, a love impeccable of ordinary relations . It is about a precious feeling which, under other circumstances other than the agonistic dilemma posed to her in the end, would be assumed that would just degrade in the fake flow of the everyday. It's like a teenage version of Peter Pan - Wendy's love: the she escapes; fearing to loose contact with the measurable reality and the he plunges in the deepest waters of life dimensions being the hero of the truth, making love with the angers, the resentments, the social statuses, the fakes.... our hero fights till the end simply by living purely with no fear. He is just like a coffee bean: cannot help other than give its flavor and taste to the boiling-water-like challenges: even to an officially unrequited love.

I found myself wishing as a kid to be somewhere inside the story so that i could change their lost. But maybe, this is the beauty of it, this is the gift they can have. Having printed forever in her stony heart through carvings of unconfirmed death, the memory of a strong complete love.

I had PMD after this movie. Tonight, i'm watching it for the 7-th time in only one week.


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