Only The Young (2012)



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ONLY THE YOUNG follows the story of three teenagers that live in a small desert town in Southern California - a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks. These kids must find things to do in a place that offers nothing - yet in the course of observing their day-to-day lives, we see them discover friendship, first love, heartbreak, and what it means to be young. Tippet and Mims' delicate, ethereal filmmaking and ONLY THE YOUNG's innocent yet rebellious subjects collectively embody the very essence of adolescence. (c) Oscilloscope
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Critic Reviews for Only The Young

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (10)

An elegant capture of the most elusive story of all: the awkward but nevertheless intense friendship between boys.

Full Review… | July 23, 2013
Washington Post
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If you think one summer in the lives of three skate punks in a sunny Southern California Podunk wouldn't make a fresh, engaging documentary, "Only the Young" is here to prove you wrong.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The helmers find consistently invigorating camera angles and a smooth editing scheme, despite what was surely a raft of footage.

Full Review… | January 21, 2013
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A charming, aimless film about the aimless. It plays like a nuanced MTV reality show (an oxymoron, perhaps, but you get the idea).

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Co-directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims show genuine affection for their subjects but, despite some evocative visuals, never zero in on an involving structure or narrative.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Directors Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet let their subjects meander, and instead unify their movie through tight control of tone, winding up with an elegiac portrait of teen America.

Full Review… | December 13, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Only The Young

Having grown up in Southern California myself many years ago I enjoyed this piece. Interesting that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

Great representation of the American teen with a interesting story of entanglement that is portrayed with beautiful cinematography.

Josh Darpino
Josh Darpino

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