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Archie's Final Project (2011)




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Archie Williams (Gabriel Sunday) is a 17-year old media geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He has announced that he's going to kill himself - on camera - for a class project. His classmates, parents, Sierra - the most beautiful girl in school (Brooke Nevin), and a "Shady Bunch" of shrinks, doctors, pill-pushers, and counselors descend on Archie. Some are hoping to save him, some want to imitate him, others try to push him over the brink. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, hiding nothing from his audience: realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers.-- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gabriel Sunday, Eric J. Adams, David Lee Miller, Jordan J. Miller
In Theaters:
Independent Pictures - Official Site


Gabriel Sunday
as Archie Williams
David Carradine
as Jesse Gabriel Vargas
Joe Mantegna
as Dr. Gafur Chandrasak...
Mariel Hemingway
as Charlotte Silver
Nora Dunn
as Gretchen Williams

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Critic Reviews for Archie's Final Project

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Parts neatly capture teenage angst and parts have a sharp documentary flavor.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Introduces one more gratingly solipsistic, absurdly precocious movie adolescent to test our boundaries for empathy.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 7, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Sporadically intriguing yet mostly unwatchable...

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
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After the two leads begin to do the dance of death around their real problems, the film slows down and takes the time to attack the issues at hand from multiple angles.

Full Review… | April 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for Archie's Final Project


Archie's Final Project boasts a rather fascinating concept, a compelling story, and an inspired execution. The blame for its relative failure lies with the fact Archie's Final Project is utterly exhausting. A wiry hybrid of a found-footage movie and a faux-student film, Archie is relentless and frenetic. But when it asks us to slow down for a moment of emotional catharsis, you'll have already had enough. Archie's Final Project has a lot of important and resonant things to say, but the manor by which director David Lee Miller relays that message to his audience is flawed-too busy, too immature, too "look-at-me" to pack the punch it should.

As you might expect, our lead character is Archie (Gabriel Sunday), and for the final project in his video class, he intends to kill himself on camera. The pronunciation shocks his classmates, teachers, and parents; Archie has always been a weird dude, but no one thought him suicidal. And while he's forced into therapy, the announcement had an unexpected side effect: A perpetual loner, Archie is suddenly popular. Everyone wants to chime in (as part of his film) as to whether his imminent offing is courageous or cowardly. One of the most interested parties is Sierra (Brooke Nevin), the girl Archie always had a crush on. She wants to interview him for the school paper, but their relationship develops into something more, which forces Archie to rethink his plans...assuming he actually intended to do the deed in the first place.

A list or discussion of Archie's Final Project's positive attributes must start with Gabriel Sunday's performance. While Miller undeniably throws a lot at his audience, he also asks a great deal from his lead. Sunday, as Archie, needs to be creepy, alienating, and he must at least seem suicidal. He also needs to make us care about him and his story. If you don't, the film will never come across as sincere when it dials back. While I ultimately objected to a number of things about the film, the reason I responded to it at all is because Sunday is successful on this one crucial front.

While the rest of the cast is comprised of familiar faces, they're those of character actors, and none particularly stands out. David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway, Nora Dunn, Joe Mantegna, and Tony Hale all pop up here and there, but none leaves much of an impression (it should be noted that none falls flat, either). The supporting character with the most screen time is Sierra, and Brooke Nevin proves more than capable of being a unique and surprising foil to Sunday's Archie.

Where the film ultimately falls flat is in Miller's insistence upon styling Archie's Final Project into oblivion. No scene is shot or cut or even composed in a remotely straightforward way. He employs handheld camerawork (some of which makes no sense within the context of the film). He animates certain scenes. Everything is cut super quickly, and there are bursts of words and colors that fill the screen at the director's will. There's a rather beautiful story at the heart of this film, but it's buried beneath layers of artifice that are frustratingly distracting.

Because Archie's Final Project is about something as heavy as teen suicide-and more to the point, because its method of storytelling is rather obnoxious-it isn't a film I'd recommend to anyone. But for all its flaws, I must say it isn't a film I'll forget watching anytime soon.

A absolute disaster. From start to finish I couldn't get past how annoyingly it was filmed. The only reason I'm not giving it one star is because if filmed correctly there's actually a clever plot hidden in there.

I really enjoyed this movie, but the ending felt a lit tle rushed. I loved the way it was cut/shot, it gave film a great pace.

Eric R.
Eric Rozecki

Archie's Final Project Quotes

Archie Williams: Don't judge me, because it's jugement that defeats us all.
– Submitted by Chris R (4 years ago)
Sierra: Whats your worst memory?
Archie Williams: I guess it's that I have no memories. No wins, loses, or big tragedies. I'm just kind of here.
Sierra: So your going to kill yourself because life's too easy?
Archie Williams: There's just so much of everything, so nothing has any meaning. So what's the point?
– Submitted by Allison R (4 years ago)
Archie Williams: Hell hath no fury like a horny teen with no outlet.
– Submitted by Julie L (4 years ago)
Archie Williams: I was programed to behave the American dream.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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