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Box Elder (2008)

 -  Comedy  -  3 March 2008 (USA)
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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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Other than an Arri interview kit, and 6 portable fluorescent lights, every light on set was built by hand from wood and electrical parts bought at a hardware store. 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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Lacks everything that makes a movie
7 April 2011 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

I've known about this movie for awhile, it was shot at my school when I went there and I even met the director in a film class I was in. But I never found myself shelling out the money to watch it or finding anyone else who had. Well thanks to Netflix I've finally had the opportunity to watch it. Sadly, I was greatly disappointed.

The script is very very very lazy. It skips around in different points in a approximate 2 year period. Never connecting the dots, Never telling a story really. So what you find is you have make up whats going on. Oh its a party now? Cool, what happened before this point in the movie? Doesn't matter you say? Oh... OK. Who the hell is this character? Why are they talking to him? If its supposed to make you ask this many questions then congrats, but i thought the story was suppose to take care of that. Its not that hard to establish a plot, introduce characters at the right time, and create a story that actually strings together.

After about 1 hour of jumping around different times of the year, I started to realize something. I don't care about these characters. How could I? I don't know anything about them except the character class placed on them(slacker, goofy, romantic stoner?), they seem like douches half the time, they don't seem to be striving or trying to go anywhere. This characters seems like a car set in neutral. Yah its cool to rev the engine and make some loud noises, but what's really cool, is when the car goes somewhere.

Here's an example of what i'm talking about. Around 1 hour into the movie, it is revealed that the main(?) characters long time girl friend slept with someone else. They only mentioned this girlfriend a couple times. The character confronts this girlfriend and its suppose to be serious. But it can't be because 1) This is the first time actually seeing this girlfriend, even though she lives close 2) You have no idea the feelings that they have, only the fact that "Hey this is my girlfriend" 3) Its never mentioned again. It could have never happened and the "story" could have gone on without a hitch.

The talking scenes are sometimes funny, which is a shame because thats all this movie is. Seems like the pacing and timing is never quite what the movie is going for.

The ending is as pointless as the rest of the movie and I only mention it because is seems like they tried to do something with it and have a serious moment. But in the end, they don't make a single point and it comes off irrelevant.

I don't understand what other people are saying about this movie. It has the emotion of a vegetable and the depth of a plastic kiddie pool. If it was going for an irrelevant take on college life, it succeeded in being irrelevant.


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