The Dirties (2013)
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Remarkable as much for its insights as for its audacity, "The Dirties" approaches school violence with a comic veneer that slowly shades into deep darkness.
In such a cluttered cultural space, it feels so startlingly fresh, urgent, honest and real.
Technically cruddy and tiresome in its we've-seen-a-lot-of-movies dialogue ...
The Dirties explores high school violence from a refreshingly original angle.
Patience is required during the first half, but The Dirties eventually develops into a genuinely interesting piece of work. Imagine a low-budget fusion of Chronicle and Gus Van Sant's Elephant.
For all its black comedic bravura, this is a touch too self-conscious to amuse, provoke or convince.
In meta-mockumentary The Dirties, the all important issue of high school violence is undercut by a little too much preaching and not enough subtlety.
The Dirties is a very funny meta comedy; manna for film geeks, but full of a high-spirited and punkish energy that anyone from fans of Jackass and Ali G to fans of Spike Jonze and Harmony Korine can appreciate.
It may wind up as the year's most significant horror film; it's certainly among the most original.
Matt Johnson's feisty and flip debut feature inverts the dark iconography of school shootings.
A riveting film which explores another facet to the burgeoning sociopathic tendencies of a high school loner.
This isn't a film that's particularly easy to enjoy but that doesn't mean that there isn't much here to admire.
This could have been a great film, and even in its limp final state is oddly effective, but it's no where near the movie that it wants to be, or thinks it is.
The result is a chilling examination of bullying, of a certain state of mind, and of what can happen when the two cross paths.
A shooter story that creeps up on you with humor and personality, featuring characters so likable the thought that they could transform into killers is at first unthinkable -- which is precisely the point.
This might just be one of the most accurate portrayals of school violence you'll ever see
- Owen: You are a pussy. You talk big and you don't do shit. That's a pussy!
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