Emily (Conner Dwelly) is the girlfriend of Jack (Matt Hanzek), one of the
"popular guys" among her peers ... but she's slowly starting to see the relationship gets her
nowhere, and Jack lacks the depth she is longing for, as do all of the
girls she hangs out with.
Arthur (Scott Bernard) is the school's
"weirdo", he's a loner, doesn't try to be popular, runs around
with his camera taking pictures most of the time, and is the target of
ridicule. He's secretly in love with Emily, but doubts she has even
noticed him ... until she chats him up and they have the best of times
together. For a time there, Arthur is in seventh heaven - but then Emily
fails to admit to their friendship towards her shallow girlfriend,
effectively crushing him ...
Drew (Trevor Adolf) is popular among his
peers ... but he's also a bully and troublemaker, and he has the talent of
dragging down others with him.
Franklin (Josh Tevlin) is one of Drew's
best friends, in his inner circle in a way, which has its advantages ...
but then Drew wants for them to break into the school, and since
Franklin's dad (Darcy Grant) is a teacher, Franklin's supposed to
"borrow" his dad's school keys. Franklin doesn't like it one
bit, but he gives in to peer pressure - and this can only lead to trouble
A rather compelling featurette about peer pressure, written
and directed by a guy who's hardly any older than the characters in the
movie - and it shows, in the best possible way: The story, if far-fetched
in places, has a "real" feel to it, the characters seem genuine,
high school life is portrayed in a very authentic way. And the very fact
that the film does not offer simple solutions to complex problems does
show how much thought went into this.
In all, a rather mature effort by
a rather young director, and a well-made and entertaining one, too!