Only the Young follows three teenagers who live in a small desert town in Southern California—a town dominated by foreclosed homes, underpasses, unfilled swimming pools, and skate parks—as they deal with a potent stew of urgency, boredom, and young love.
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Cool and engaging little snapshot on friendship and youth. The unfamiliar contrast of two Christian kids who also happen to be punk-influenced skateboarders looking for love and meaning in a tiny U.S town gives this film a distinct voice that's surprisingly candid. 3.5 stars
The kid's optimism and outlook on life is infectious. It's a really made documentary, for the most part. The part not covered by "the most part" is the part where the filmmakers try to portray obviously re-enacted scenes as spontaneous. Those bits were really annoying.
A strong film working within a new documentary aesthetic. Moving from scene to scene as narrative should! In technique and film making it is very solid, but I do find the subject matter to fall short sometimes and it seems to also fall a little victim to trying to capture some cliche of youth rather then a deeper truth.
For me, much of the interest in this documentary stems from a weird clash between the mostly optimistic, upbeat portrayal of the kids and the decision to shoot their hometown as a depopulated wasteland: surely this city is not all vacant houses, decrepit waterslides and defunct mini-golf courses. Even the date-night sequence occurs in a strangely empty arcade. The atmosphere is nearly post-apocalyptic.
Creemos erróneamente que la adolescencia es un momento para vivir sin preocupaciones; pero los chicos de este documental nos demuestran que su etapa es tan abrasadora y fascinante como la de cualquiera. Aquí es donde forjamos las mejores amistades y los amores inolvidables.
Very well shot, with a great soundtrack, and intriguing subjects. It delves into the angst and conflicts of youth, and captures some pivotal moments of these young people's lives - some trivial, some with lasting gravitas. The only issue I have with it is that it seemed to always be on the verge of some climactic profoundity, yet fell short just a hair.