Plot: Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teen-agers growing up in poverty in New York City. The story focuses on Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted.
My Thoughts: Recently in America we have had a rash of TV shows talking about how bad youth’s are these days, such as the American version of Skins, Secret Lives of the American Teenager, and Jersey Shore (kind of). Well then there are also some movies out there talking about gangs of bad kids, such as one of my favorite movies Clockwork Orange.
Now to the review, I have heard, so much about this movie, about how horrifying, astonishing, and terrible this movie is, it has gotten so much controversy because it touches upon what used to be a taboo subject. This movie is about kids who do drugs, drink underage, and are having sex and contracting diseases left and right. Naturally, a person who loves controversy, I had to see this movie. About half of the way into it, I almost shut it off, being 16 almost 17 this movie just made me angry, this is why there are curfews, this is why old people despise my generation, because of things like this, the terrible stereotypes. Yes, there are a lot kids like this, but they are the minority, the majority of all the kids in high school do not do all of this on a daily basis like they did in this movie. The lead character is one of those kids that I would pick a fight with in school, he was so evil, so deplorable, it made me sick. What a great actor. His character was written to be like that, he was supposed to be that kind of punk kid that didn’t care about anything and he absolutely nailed it. Yes, hopefully that kid did not live the same life as his character in the movie, but you could shore believe that he was a pro at living life-like that.
All of the other kids in the movie, the kids at the party towards the end of the movie who were toking off the joint, were maybe… 10? That is what really upset me in this movie because it made it seem like even the young kids in society are like that, it seemed that this movie just wanted to put a giant red flag on the entire youth between ages 9-21.
The movie itself, ehhhh.. it was okay, the acting was not amazing, at some points you could say it got a little extreme and annoying, but you definitely cannot say it was terrible because it did what the movie required, nothing more, nothing less.
The story, there’s not too much to say other than who the hell would ever come up with a concept like that? It was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of a movie being about, and I have watched some sick stuff (A Serbian Film) but really? The movie tried so hard to be what it wanted to be, a cult hit, and that’s what it was and that’s what it is going to stay, it won’t have a huge resurgence, it won’t get a 20 year anniversary box set, it will stay what it is, in the waters of obscure controversal movies which can be good at times.
I give this movie a 2 out of 5. Disclaimer: This movie is not meant for the faint of heart in the least, it touches on serious things and if you are offended by illegal activites being commited by children. Do not watch this movie.