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Box Elder (2008)

Box elder bugs are loud, scary looking, and dependent on group swarming. Yet, they're also completely harmless and extremely passive aggressive. Using this metaphor to address a generation ... See full summary »





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Credited cast:
Laura Glaser
Kyle Ayers ...
Phil Ryerson
Jason Franks
David Crespy ...
Dudley Ginsberg
Chad Haas ...
Brad Fletcher
Frank Brouillette
Robby 'Couv' McGovern
Nick Becker
Alex Rennie ...
Alex Rennie
Amy Shaw ...
Sarah Sampsons
Annoying Guy
Jeff Sklar ...
That Guy
Todd Sklar ...
John Scott
Brian Sturgill ...
Matt Vaggey
Ross Taylor ...
Max Hennessey

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Box elder bugs are loud, scary looking, and dependent on group swarming. Yet, they're also completely harmless and extremely passive aggressive. Using this metaphor to address a generation that thinks big, talks fast, and threatens to change the world, Box Elder is an unapologetic portrait of a youth movement at odds with its own ambivalence, exposing a generation defined by privilege, potential, and self-induced paralysis. The film follows four best friends through their last years of college. Dependant on their parents financially, and on each other emotionally, they spend their time sleeping in, hanging out, and eating lots of sandwiches. Using break-ups and re-occurring scholastic failures to impose a quarter-life crisis, they take turns postponing responsibility, avoiding accountability, and looking for someone or something to substantiate their lives, all the while hedging their bets and mastering the art of treading water and getting away with it. It's a collegiate love letter. Written by TS

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A comedy about dudes, bros, and dude-bros. See more »





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3 March 2008 (USA)  »

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$60,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


After shooting the first 80% of the film on nights and weekends over the course of 2 and half months, the film was completely re-shot in 18 days, which was the allotment of time they had scheduled to finish the last 20% of production. See more »


At the Halloween party, Zack Bills is wearing a red devil horns clip-on. The horns disappear and reappear in one shot to the next. See more »

Crazy Credits

Mike Mohan's special thanks is bigger than everyone else's and get it's own title card. On the special edition DVD, director Todd Sklar often mentions Mohan's contributions to the film as a friend and peer in addition to his color correcting. See more »


References Vanilla Sky (2001) See more »


Diner B
Written by Jeff Toyne
Performed by Jeff Toyne
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Saw this flick when it was touring around the mid-west - am very glad I went
4 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The guy that is heading up this tour, this is a film he made, when he was in college, for less than 70 grand. It's really honest, kind of like a Kicking and Screaming for the mumble-core generation. but A LOT funnier. As funny as Swingers, and close content-wise too. Like Swingers in college sort of. While the film definitely has it's ups and downs, the real reason to see it is for a performance by someone who I can easily see being the next Bill Murray. This actor's name is Alexander Rennie, and mark my words, this guy is the real deal.

The film has a ton of improv in it, and he is just so quick and deadpan and pretty much steals the show. There's this one scene at a Halloween party where he's so drunk he starts drinking a lit candle - it's absolutely hilarious.

All in all, it's a simple college take of four guy friends, going through their senior year, and trying to figure out what to do with their lives. It's not super dramatic or super sappy, but really just an honest portrait of the director and his real life friends. If you're a fan of films like Funny Ha Ha or Hannah Takes The Stairs, it's well worth checking out. This is way funnier than those films though.

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