I'm not sure if those giving this movie such harsh reviews really paid attention to what (I thought) the movie was aiming for, or kept in mind that it's a low-budget, grassroots indie. It seems to me like it's trying to appeal equally to teens and adults: teens because it depicts something pretty true to their current experience and adults because it definitely tells the story through the perspective of an adult. By that I mean it's a little satirical and more realistic than a lot of teen comedies aimed just at teens.
I also didn't get the impression it was trying overtly to be a comedy. It was too realistic for that--yes, some scenes were funny or were meant to be funny, but only in the context that there is a lot of humor in the life of a 18-year-old (whether or not the kid's aware of it). It wasn't just going for cheap laughs.
Is this a perfect movie? No. Some areas could be improved: the trailer (doesn't create a lot of interest and gives away too much), one-dimensional female characters, some holes in the storytelling, for example. Is it clearly an indie? Oh, yes. But it does show a lot of promise on the part of the cast (especially the actors playing Josh, Mattie, Andy, and Megs) and the director. It's smarter and more thoughtful and mature than most teen movies (and thank god there's not some kind of freaking moral at the end or any form of makeover/lifechanging montage sequence). Knowing now that the budget was so small--I'm quite impressed. I'd like to see what they'd all do with a more developed screenplay and a larger budget. And the use of music was excellent; it really added to the storytelling.
Now I'm climbing on a soapbox, but for this genre I'd rather watch an imperfect but entertaining movie that's realistic and a little more grassroots than something overproduced, unrealistic, clichéd, and bloated.
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