My Sucky Teen Romance (2011)
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An entirely accessible mini-budget comedy that coasts on by through sheer force of wit, energy, and "let's put on a show!" creativity.
My Sucky Teen Romance is an independent comedy which shows inexperience on all fronts, but stands as a stepping stone that will undoubtably lead to bigger and better things for director Emily Hagins.
The movie didn't quite do it for me, but I'd like to see what Hagins could do with a better cast and budget.
Gently sending up both the awkwardness of adolescent love pangs and the silliness of geek get-togethers, Hagins' film is short, but also very sweet, making up for its obvious budgetary shortcomings with energy, enthusiasm and inventiveness.
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My Sucky Teen Romance (Emily Hagins, 2011)
Despite only giving Emily Hagins' first feature, Pathogen, three stars (but let's remember, three is still "above average" on a five-star scale), I unhesitatingly recommended it in my review because, well, it's a zombie movie that was made by a twelve-year-old and, aside from having basically no budget and some problems with acting ability, was a clever, fun take on the genre. Hagins returned five years later with her third feature, My Sucky Teen Romance, a teen vampire comedy whose purpose is to make fun of teen vampire comedies. And my favorite thing about it is that in every way, it's obvious Emily Hagins took Pathogen as a learning experience. My Sucky Teen Romance is a much better movie technically, with much more solid acting and a clever script (written by Hagins). In short: if you like your teen comedies with more romance than raunch, My Sucky Teen Romance is for you.
Plot: Kate (the gorgeous Elaine Hurt in her screen debut) is a shy teen with a hefty crush on comic-book-store employee Paul (Belleflower's Patrick Delgado). Kate convinces her best friend, society girl Allison (The Retelling's Lauren Lee), to go to a comic convention with her and a couple of nerdy friends, intending to run into Paul. What she doesn't know is that a few days beforehand, Paul was bitten by a vampire (Supernatural Activity's Devin Bonnée) and is in the process of changing. She also doesn't know that he feels the same way about her, but when the two of them are about to confess their feelings for one another, they're jostled in a hallway, and Paul's new fangs get jammed into Kate's neck. Which is all well and good, except that (a) they don't want to be vampires and (b) Kate's friends are all about staking the two of them before they turn for good. The two of them frantically try to hunt down the vampire that bit Paul before the process is irreversible.
I'm not going to try and convince you that there's any boundary-pushing to be done here or anything like that. This is a genre movie that revels in its genre movie-ness. This is not necessarily a bad thing; after all, a genre movie that delivers on the promises of the genre is a success on most levels you could care to mention. You could probably make the argument that I'm cutting Hagins some slack, and I wouldn't argue with you, but in all fairness, I've probably given more positive reviews to comedies in the past year than I did in the decade before that. Maybe I'm just getting softer in my old age, but I had a very good time with this one. *** 1/2
This movie was mediocre at best. It has some bad acting and bad scripting though. The story was okay at best.
Skip it. This movie wasn't fair...for us, the viewers. It was a lame attempt at writing vampires with Twilight level feelings while trying to stick to the more well known rules of vampires. This felt like it was written by an out of touch 40 year old who's never actually been to a convention. There are so many flaws and inconsistencies. The best inconsistency is when the characters talk about how vampires have super strength, yet they turn and run from mortals and can't seem to open doors.
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