In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Having joined a recently created video club, a lowly prep-school sophomore - desensitized from reality by frequently viewed Internet imagery - accidentally captures on video the final moments of admired twin senior classmates dying from poisoned drugs. Rather than galvanize the school or this lad's life in any profound or meaningful way, the tragedy causes barely a ripple in the already emotionally diminished and out-of-touch lives of everyone around. Written by
Rob, what's going on back there? Come on, Rob, what's going on?
Um... Rob wants to use the video to make a porn.
Well, that's a... that's a very nice idea, but there will be no fluids permitted around the camera, bodily or any other sort.
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If only the story was picked up by a different director
The storyline is quite good and has potential to produce a riveting film, unfortunately though it was let down by the directors attempt at emulating Gus Van Sant, in which he failed miserably. On top of this, the 'artsy' cinematography does nothing but distance the viewer from the characters and criminally avoids frontal shots of Ezra Miller's sublime face. I was close to turning it off at various stages. The 3 stars I give this film go toward: 1) The casting of Ezra Miller 2) The writer 3) Three particular scenes; One of which drew out a belly flush. Only if you are a fan of Ezra Miller would I recommend you suffer the monotony of this film, and only then for the three scenes I refer to.
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