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Box Elder (2008)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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References Vanilla Sky (2001) See more »

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Diner B
Written by Jeff Toyne
Performed by Jeff Toyne
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14 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seriously? This movie rocked. Hard. I saw it in Austin and felt like the boys from the cast had some real comedic talent. They portrayed "slacker-esque" to the max and line delivery was very smart. These guys have some real talent, it's hard to believe they are so young! I wish I could say I produced a movie like this as a twenty-something. I predict Box Elder will gain more exposure because I can see this movie being passed around and spread like wildfire between frat houses and college kids around the country. More than a coming of age story, it portrayed a group of dudes who are pretty confident in their lack of motivation and would rather involve themselves in shenanigans and frivolous fun than follow the rules and settle down. I also enjoyed the entire awkward "relationship" between the main female and the main guy. This is the reality of a college romance...that it's a pretty painful thing to experience but hilarity will definitely ensue. Grrrreat work.


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