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Teenage Dirtbag (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 October 2009 (USA)
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A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that ... See full summary »

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Regina Crosby

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Regina Crosby
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Michael Foster ... Thayer Mangeress
Noa Hegesh ... Amber Lange
Chris Ellis ... Pops
Michael Bradley ... Mr. Ruskovitch
Billy Jones Billy Jones ... Dooley
Regina Crosby Regina Crosby ... Jeannie
Kent Kimball ... Mr. Lange
Kyle Lupo Kyle Lupo ... Ty
Mitch Belyea Mitch Belyea ... Stacey
Bethany D. Hart Bethany D. Hart ... Ashley (as Bethany Webley)
Cris Winger Cris Winger ... Tabitha
Josh Mastel Josh Mastel ... Carter
Sara Nicholls Sara Nicholls ... Mrs. Burrows
Julie Anne Young Julie Anne Young ... Coach Faye
Kim Hegeduis Kim Hegeduis ... Science Teacher
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Storyline

A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that cannot withstand her social pressures or his brutal home life. Written by Regina Crosby

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Death is fleeting... Love lasts forever.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

История странного подростка See more »

Filming Locations:

Idaho, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leonine Verse See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

While the opening credits say "based on true events", Thayer did not exist. Writer and director Regina Crosby based Teenage Dirtbag on her experience in high school, Coeur d'Alene (where the high school scenes were actually filmed), and not on any one instance. Of the movie, Crosby said "It definitely talks about the pain you go through in growing up," She said. "You have a lot of regrets that you take into adulthood from high school, and you almost never get the opportunity to make corrections on those regrets or reach out to somebody you didn't reach out to at the time." See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom scene in the end, Amber takes off her jacket and ties it around her waist. Later on, when Thayer has his hands on the bathroom stall on either side of her head, her jacket is back on. The following scene, her jacket is off again. See more »

Quotes

Amber: [Thayer peeks around the corner of the bathroom doorway and taps on the wall] What are you doing in here?
Thayer: Did I scare you?
Amber: Yes.
[Thayer walks in toward her]
Amber: Alright, I gotta go.
Thayer: No.
Amber: No, look, what are you doing? Somebody could come in here.
Thayer: What am I doing? That's a really good question - I don't really know the answer to it... It feels like, a misrepresentation.
Amber: A what?
Thayer: I was at the beach today and I saw you. And it was the same girl from before, and it all came back to me.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Elysian Fields
Written by Casey Frazier
Performed by Casey Frazier
Courtesy of Carlson Entertainment, LLC
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Powerful, but flawed
31 January 2010 | by gallaxeeSee all my reviews

Where do I begin? First of all, I gave this movie 10 of 10, despite its many flaws, just because it affected me in a way that no other movie has. Scott M. Foster's acting here is more than excellent - it gave me chills and kept me involved to the very end. The soundtrack had a great impact on me too - probably it's the second major factor that makes this one worth-watching. Of course, you'll notice many things that are not right (like when we see Thayer's big scar... and then in some of the next scenes it's gone), but everything about this movie is so emotional that I just ignored its shortcomings. I surely will follow Scott's career with huge interest from now on. This guy has great potential.


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