A quite nice, small gem of a film rife with both touching and unnerving moments. Touching are the well observed moments of teens laying around on their beds listening to music and trying to figure out their lives; shocking is the unanticipated cruelty that all of the characters — even the ones you like — barb each other with at a moment’s notice. (Also a little shocking is how close this film comes to dabbling in the general vicinity of child porn. There’s no nudity, but there are some just-barely pubescent girls exuding Sapphic horniness on screen and touching themselves. It is never unnatural, but, I dunno, somewhere out there is a guy enjoying this movie for the wrong reason.) The big happy ending felt very contrived, forced and, ultimately, silly — especially in comparison to the very well-observed earlier parts of the film.
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
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