The Dirties (2013)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
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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.
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
As admirable as it is thematically, The Dirties does bear the marks of a filmmaker who isn't fully formed yet.
There's nothing exploitative or in-your-face about [The Dirties], just a sneak peek into the lives of a couple of lost souls whose easiest answers are found on a flickering screen.
While much of film is subversively amusing (though rarely laugh-out-loud funny), Johnson's depiction of high school bullying is disturbingly realistic, without ever crossing into hyperbole.
The Dirties is documentary-like in the best way, building a narrative out of Owen and Matt's natural, often funny interactions. Where that narrative leads, however, is harder to justify.
It is a slight movie in terms of actual events that happen, but it grapples with some giant ideas and emotions in a very effective way.
It's fresh and original and utilises the popular trend of mockumentaries to watch a horror unfold in an entirely different and unique way.
Audience Reviews for The Dirties
- Owen: You are a pussy. You talk big and you don't do shit. That's a pussy!
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