Hmm… not much to say about this one. I’ve been wanting to watch it ever since it came out because it has Alexa Vega in it and I’ve always liked her ever since Spy Kids. And both titles, plus its relatively low profile, made it sound like it would be at least a little more adventurous than the average teen movie… and it is. Just a little. There’s too much swearing for it to actually be aimed at the usual teen market, for instance, but its content doesn’t go far enough (especially in the wake of the likes of The Rules of Attraction 5 years earlier – yes, I know that is centred around college life and this is about high school, but frankly, this movie wishes it were centred around college as much as its characters wish they were at college lol).
Immediately after it finished I quickly tweeted that I felt the movie fell somewhere between Havoc and Havoc 2: Normal Adolescent Behaviour. The first of those movies was completely forgettable and an embarrassment for Anne Hathaway. The second of them should have just presented itself as an original, not a sequel, and was a much more interesting look at adolescence. This movie is not without its moments… a few early on genuinely took me back to the same time in my own life and how it felt, I can’t deny that… but it made me really expect something far more moving or even profound that never really came… nothing actually happens in the end to make it stick. Kind of disappointing.