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High school social outcasts Roy Offerman and Larry DiMarco struggle to find a drummer for their new punk rock band, Witness My Jehovah. As Roy will learn, sometimes finding the answer to one problem only brings about a host of others. Immediately after finding a drummer, Roy is plagued by a raging case of hemorrhoids. This causes his parents to be confused about his sexuality, and starts up all sorts of new rumors at school. In the most unexpected place, Roy meets his dream girl Samantha. As Roy and Sam's relationship develops, Witness My Jehovah lands their first big gig at a local music venue. When things don't go as planned, Roy is faced with some of the biggest decisions he'll ever have to make.Written by
Prior to the film, actors Chris Bellant, Craig Kelly, and Costa Nicholas each had varying degrees of musical experience. Bellant barely knew how to play the guitar, while Kelly, a former drummer for many Scottish pop-punk bands, had to learn bass, and Nicholas with many years of experience as a guitarist, had to learn how to play the drums. See more »
Doesn't fall flat, holds itself above many other indie movies
The Backseat takes the high school coming of age story and fits in the Judd Apatow style humor that has become popular over the last 8 years or so in mainstream comedy. Roy the main character and his down to earth Scottish friend Larry set out to name their band as well as find a drummer. That's when Mike makes his appearance as the sex crazed crude playboy that joins the band and ultimately becomes a major plot point to Roy's Story. Roy juggles band practice and dating the entire movie while lacking coping skills to handle both at the same time. Without giving anything away the plot is pretty original of what an inexperience teen can go through while dating and being sexual active. The balance of humor and serious topics fits very nicely together.
The main character Roy holds himself really well for the entire movie; he is emotionally believable for a high school student. Same can be said about the humor if you remember back to those awkward high school days. Roy is that awkward teenager who is always trying to do the right them but ultimately isn't up for the task because of his age and high thoughts of grandeur and lack of life experience.
All the supporting characters deserve a standing ovation and no real criticism. The best part is each character gives a great perspective that a teenager would expect; A loving and laughable clueless mother, a stern father, a bully of a teacher, and of course the best friend. One might say they aren't believable this is a movie! They are here to get Roy through his journey and bring laughter to the audience along the way. The best example goes to Roy's Scottish sidekick and best friend Larry who is in the picture to ground Roy. You might say Larry is the angel on left while Mike is the devil on the right. Mike is always out to hook up with a new girl and has no sense of commitment or respect for women. Each give him a perspective; being swayed left and right in what he should do while courting the lovely yet go getting leading lady Samantha. With all that said Roy comes out at the end with a better insight of himself with all the lessons he learn and how to cope with high school hardships.
Another note of enjoyment I found is the "Idea" of the movie or maybe a better phrase would be "The making" of the movie. It was majority self funded by Director Ryan O'Leary and was pulled off amazingly. I find most indie movies to fall flat near the end to either lack of funds, actor availability, or lack of writing perhaps. But The Backseat really pulled it off and keeps you in your seat and keeps you interested till the end.
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