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Wasted on the Young (2010)

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Release Date: Nov 30, 2010 Wide

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A young woman finds her reputation is at stake when she refuses to date a charming bully in this intelligent teen drama from Australia. Xandrie (Adelaide Clemens) is a smart, pretty girl who is attending an exclusive private school favored by wealthy, upper-class families. Xandrie is infatuated with Darren (Oliver Ackland), a handsome but quiet boy with an interest in computers, but Darren's step-brother Zack (Alex Russell), who is at the top of the school status ladder, has his eye on her. Zach

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Wasted on the Young's pulsating soundtrack, immediate direction by first time filmmaker Lucas ... and Leanne Cole's hectic editing all lend the film a vibrancy that is sorely lacking in a lot of cinema these days.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

A scorching ultra modern morality fable that uses school grounds, party houses and internet connections as stomping grounds for social allegory.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Crikey

Visually impressive, but the script needed a big angry red pen taken to it. Oh, and does every character need to shuffle around like they're in a My Chemical Romance video clip?

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

Wasted on the Young is a slick and striking film that presents a disturbingly recognisable world of plutocratic rule in the dark heart of Australian society.

March 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

The icy, stone-faced performances from an obviously committed young cast don't help matters.

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

It's very, very strikingly done.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

This dramatic tale of that sense of entitlement that some people have to get away with any violation, and revenge via modern media is an absolute winner for me.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Wasted on the Young packs an emotional and visual punch, yet its lack of likeable characters and inherently despairing attitude makes this one cynically violent trip back to the school yard.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

I'm not convinced that there's a clear message but this is still a film worth your attention. The editing is sharp and the cinematography is striking.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Sadly the plot falls short of its director's aspirations, and given his obvious filmic talents this is all the more disappointing.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Part romantic tragedy, part ruthless thriller, Wasted on the Young is an impressive but ultimately unsettling cinematic experience.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The film transcends the trappings of a traditional teen parable. It becomes something closer to Rian Johnson's masterful Brick, in which a bunch of film noir archetypes were anachronistically transported into a high school, just for the hell of it.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Stylistically striking and featuring a clutch of stunning performances from emerging local talent, this is a remarkable achievement sure to generate discussion.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Ben C. Lucas shows his natural cinematic talents from the start, using ingredients to establish the world of social networking as a key element in the film

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A very ambitious film, but not always a coherent one.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Without question one of the most striking Australian films of the past five years, director Lucas stamps his visual style on a very contemporary - and at times very confronting - teen revenge story.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Its post-production pretension and undercooked script is far better suited to...underground film events, where a crowd more forgiving of genre clichés and film school posing may draw some pleasure from its underlying nastiness.

February 7, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Audience Reviews for Wasted on the Young

'Wasted on the Young'. A party gone wrong with devastating consequences. Destructive, tense, and two wonderful lead performances.
March 28, 2011
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Stylistic Australian thriller of riverting and thought provoking atomosphere. This is original enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, and once again its another extraordinary debut for an Australian talent
March 15, 2011
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