Apathetic seventeen-year-old Gus hangs around doing nothing. Jessica is seventeen too. They meet at a mutual friend’s 4th of July party. Gus says that he’s not the sort of guy she thinks he is. He tells her a secret he has never told anyone before.
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Bleak view of teenage life in America. There is not a lot to like about the protagonist but he still ends up getting the girl in the end. He tries to redeem himself by finding the girl he raped but when she doesn't tell remember him or tell him that she had been raped he acts as if it didn't happen and that seems to be good enough for him. Also, what does it say about the girl who falls for him through his confession
Really enjoyed this. Don't know if I've ever seen a film that so captured just what being a bored teenager in the throes of a stupid American summer is like. And didn't strike a single false note in the process, as far as I can tell.
Wow, I'm surprised that this so-called mumblecore movie depicts how deeply rooted rape culture is in our society, how many ordinary people has a that terrible sense of values & how comfortably such people live in this world.
Katz shows a deft touch in capturing the awkwardness of coming-of-age, especially in the camera work, but the sweetness rang very hollow for me, mainly due to my feeling that Katz wants us to feel more sympathetic towards Gus than I cared to be. Didn't feel truthful, more like male fantasy.
Aesthetic wise a lot of scenes were a bit mundane and rough. Some scenes were meant to be emotionally provoking but felt a bit artificial. The movie, just like its story, was in this "in-between" state.