If the Coens had directed a dark comedy set in a suburban high school it might have played something like this. The film bridges the gap between John Hughes' quaint class issues and Daniel Waters' and Michael Lehman's nihilistic, outcast rage. Captures the surreal, hormone inflected, life or death struggle of 80's public education. Only the strong survive, but the meek keep squirming. Siemaszko is the every striver.