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A "Wake-Up Call"...for who?
This movie clearly has the intention of showing us just how messed up the lives of these kids are. That was the point, right? I didn't get that wrong?
If you are a real-life version of one of these kids, I understand how you might like the movie, but I doubt it's going to change your lifestyle. Ditto for the absentee parents of the kids.
For the rest of us....what's the point? What does this movie do? I will say that it kept my interest while I was watching it. I wanted to find out how it would end, and then it does end, darkly. Doesn't have any re-watch value for me.
The intention was clearly to provoke. Point a camera at this stuff and say, "Here, look at this. What do you think about that? Don't like it, do you? Doesn't sit right, does it? That's right, it doesn't. And what are you going to do about it? Nothing. You can't do anything about it. Hah! We don't have to explain it either, because it's art, so it just is what it is."
The trailer quotes a critic calling the movie a "Wake up call." If this movie had actually caused a decline in any of the problems it depicts, you could say that, but it didn't. If this movie didn't solve anything, but was really funny like a Michael Moore film (sorry, Michael, but it's true) it would be worth it, but it isn't.
I don't think this movie is a dark comedy, or an exploitation film, or porno as people suggest, because I think they were trying to make a serious movie. I just think they failed.