This movie is a freaking enigma to me. I can't decide whether I think this is a pretty astute attempt to satirize the many cliches that are associated with how American teenagers and teen culture are portrayed in movies, if it's supposed to be a really camp and goofy teen comedy, or if I'm totally over-analyzing it and it's actually just a really bad film. I laughed quite a bit regardless though, so I guess it's okay
Music choices are iffy, but it had the feeling of Demy (particularly Young Girls of Rochefort with young characters falling in and out of love around each other in circles) and Tati (like the supermarket scene near the beginning), and I am a sucker for a good teen pic
Being a teenager is being awkward by definition, trying things and love for the first time and (sort of) living to the extreme, making bad choices but still getting a second chance. The film is a rather down-toned account of the times and tribulations of some teenagers trying to find their path to adulthood but not too fast. It is a sincere story of that odd time in everybody's life.
As a comparison, this film is the least artistic film in my viewing collection from MUBI. But the film isn't a poor film in its own merit. It's just bland. This film is nothing but a nonsense story line spoken in a low(not subtle) voice, with cheesy(not smart) sarcasm and with an ignorant stare(not intellectual). So, exactly like a teenager - a wannabe, confused, egoistic, science lab created creature.
His latter film led me to this but it couldn't have been worse. If there is already a formal security that would make him interesting, in this movie survives all the cliches of heterosexual teen movies staged to nausea, with several "indie" formal indulgences like, for example, the editing of several scenes in slow motion connected with indie pop songs.