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.
Without judgment, the director takes us into the private emotional territory of modern youth. Skateboarding revolt and Christian morality are combined as positive influences in these characters lives. Escapism, jealousy, first love, loneliness and friendship are themes that pervade the personal narratives of these close friends on the brink of high school graduation.
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.
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.
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.