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Box Elder (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 3 March 2008 (USA)
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 »


Todd Sklar


Todd Sklar


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Credited cast:
Hina Abdullah ... Laura Glaser
Kyle Ayers ... Phil Ryerson
Andy Cohen ... Jason Franks
David Crespy David Crespy ... Dudley Ginsberg
Chad Haas Chad Haas ... Brad Fletcher
Chris Nester ... Frank Brouillette
James Ponsoldt ... Robby 'Couv' McGovern
Nick Renkoski ... Nick Becker
Alex Rennie Alex Rennie ... Alex Rennie
Amy Shaw Amy Shaw ... Sarah Sampsons
Jim Shipley ... Annoying Guy
Jeff Sklar Jeff Sklar ... That Guy
Todd Sklar Todd Sklar ... John Scott
Brian Sturgill Brian Sturgill ... Matt Vaggey
Ross Taylor Ross Taylor ... Max Hennessey


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about dudes, bros, and dude-bros. See more »




Not Rated


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Release Date:

3 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbia, Missouri, USA See more »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Boxcar Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the undercover cop is busting the kid at the Halloween party, you see his gun duct taped to his shirt on his back. Then in the immediate next shot the orientation and position of the gun is totally different. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »


References Vanilla Sky (2001) See more »


Diner B
Written by Jeff Toyne
Performed by Jeff Toyne
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Saw this flick when it was touring around the mid-west - am very glad I went
4 December 2008 | by jeffroutineSee all my reviews

The guy that is heading up this tour, this is a film he made, when he was in college, for less than 70 grand. It's really honest, kind of like a Kicking and Screaming for the mumble-core generation. but A LOT funnier. As funny as Swingers, and close content-wise too. Like Swingers in college sort of. While the film definitely has it's ups and downs, the real reason to see it is for a performance by someone who I can easily see being the next Bill Murray. This actor's name is Alexander Rennie, and mark my words, this guy is the real deal.

The film has a ton of improv in it, and he is just so quick and deadpan and pretty much steals the show. There's this one scene at a Halloween party where he's so drunk he starts drinking a lit candle - it's absolutely hilarious.

All in all, it's a simple college take of four guy friends, going through their senior year, and trying to figure out what to do with their lives. It's not super dramatic or super sappy, but really just an honest portrait of the director and his real life friends. If you're a fan of films like Funny Ha Ha or Hannah Takes The Stairs, it's well worth checking out. This is way funnier than those films though.

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