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Steal Me is a beautifully realized small film of understated power.
It's not really original stuff, and there are few genuine surprises, but Painter skillfully layers visual details and off-the-cuff dialogue into a smart, condescension-free piece on small towns and the complicated lives they contain.
Everything about Steal Me, the new feature from the writer and director Melissa Painter, feels dangerously overripe.
Drifter comes to small town, gets all the ladies hot. But it's not the steamy, literate Picnic, starring William Holden - instead it's the pretentious Steal Me, an artily photographed, puzzlingly acted indie.
Solid performances can't save Melissa Painter's pretentious teen drama Steal Me, which plays like a cross between Dangerous Skin (without the gay sex) and Picnic (without the production values or credible situations).
Steal Me has at least one indie-film cliché too many.
[Painter's] best achievement is the way she skillfully manipulates her almost-known cast into complicated characters that you can care about.
The often meandering Steal Me is a film that says just enough and leaves the rest to us to work out.
If Alexander's performance isn't exactly a revelation, he's modest enough to allow pros like Seymour, a gifted actress usually relegated to supporting roles, do their thing.
The plot is never overwrought, but it never fully ripens either, mostly because of some of the actors' self-consciousness and the stop-and-go pace.
The result is a film imbued with the tender awkwardness and poignancy of those first wary explorations--those electric moments that occur in the small space between childhood and newly discovered maturity.
Big Sky Country offers up an introspective teen drama about a teenage kleptomaniac who can't steal a break.
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