18-year-old Addison Schacht, a Jewish high-school senior in Washington D.C., responds to the essay question, "What are your best and worst qualities?". He explains he has only bad qualities, as illustrated by the events of his senior year. They include collecting offensive jokes; dealing drugs to his classmates; and insulting teachers, fellow students, and his girlfriend's mother. But his classmate is killed, and he begins to investigate the death.
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[as home movie plays]
My mother died six months ago today. At the hospital, they told us she'd had an aneurysm. There was nothing I could do for her. I guess I've gotten pretty good at pretending to be okay.
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Ansel Elgort who scored so well in Baby Driver as the young getaway driver in
that multi-caper film plays the lead here in November Criminals. After losing
his virginity to Chloe Grace Moretz he learns that a friend from school was
shot down execution style on his job in a cafeteria.
It really unnerves him and Elgort is a sensitive kid, college bound and now with
a new girlfriend. But he feels that the shooting is going to be put aside and
turn cold on the already crime ridden Washington, DC police.
Elgort really ticks off all the authorities, police, educational and even his
widowed father. Not to mention the mother of Moretz, Catherine Keener also raising her as a single parent.
In the end he finds out he didn't know the friend he had as well as he thought and it almost costs him his life.
Both Moretz and Elgort are an attractive couple and I'm agreeing with the
other reviewer who said he thought they might be an off screen item. They
certainly did have good chemistry together.
Look for a nice performance from Danny Flaherty as a former schoolmate of
Elgort who has dropped out for the lucrative trade of illegal pharmaceuticals. He looks like he's own best customer. And the shooter
Phillip Ettinger is also memorable.
Ansel Elgort could have a big future in the cinema.
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