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 »
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
Kamau Bilal would edit the film overnight during production, allowing them to view rough cut scenes of the previous day's footage during the morning production meetings. This allowed the filmmakers to watch their first full rough cut of the film 5 days after wrapping principal photography. See more »
When the undercover cop is busting the kid at the Halloween party, you see his gun duct taped to his shirt on his back. Then in the immediate next shot the orientation and position of the gun is totally different. See more »
Many of the names in the credits are fake pseudonyms for jobs that either writer/director Todd Sklar did himself, or jobs that were done by some of the actors. They chose to credit fake names to make the film and it's production seem more fleshed out. See more »
I absolutely loved this movie! I had never heard of it before my buddies and I watched it and we couldn't stop laughing. I'm fresh out of college and it made me want to go back and do it all over again...but better. The Marti Gras scene was awesome...had some great shots. I think it's a great showcase of what college is actually like but told in a humorous way. The situations the group gets into is so unique that Box Elder doesn't resemble just any other college humor type of movie. That shows the director has some real creativity, especially with the wit of some of the one-liners. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to reminisce on stupid moments of their own lives. I look forward to more movies like this one for sure.
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