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
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.
Weird and awkward like this period of life. Thought the actors were great and you're given the position of the curious voyeur you would have loved to be at that age. The only thing that bothered me were 20-and-some playing 15 year olds parts, that was a bit strange.
I don't really know what to make of this. Maybe the film is about honesty but really this wasn't profound or obvious enough. I didn't understand the ending but maybe the point was to leave the viewing scratching their head afterwards like I am now. Some interesting discussions between the characters but no definable plot or statement to make which could bring this above eaves-dropping in the street.