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Oscar Madly (18):
It's not New York but what do you think?
I think you look happy.
Oscar Madly (18):
Hope you don't get eaten by the seagull.
Hm, I'm just happy you're not gonna set me on fire.
[Oscar releases Buffy to the sea]
But you know I'm not the original hamster from your childhood, right? I mean it has been ten years. Your parents replaced me, like, four times.
Oscar Madly (18):
What was that?
Oh, nothing. Goodbye.
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There are some great qualities of this film: The soundtrack is amazing, the cinematography is great, and there are some interesting and unique themes. However I was mostly disappointing with the film.
The main character, Oscar, is not particularly likable. He retains the "angsty teen" stereotype without many redeeming qualities to combat it; lots of whining, complaining, etc.
On top of this, the storyline is a bit all over the place. There are so many different subplots going on all at once, and they don't exactly mesh together very well. Lots of scenes happen metaphorically, but are displayed literally. In some ways this is very successful, but some it feels either confusing, or too obvious.
Overall I wouldn't necessarily suggest this movie, but I did enjoy some moments (the party scene was great).
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