The Young Unknown

Critics Consensus

A movie about uninteresting people doing uninteresting things.



Total Count: 29

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Four friends have an unpleasant afternoon when two let their egos get the better of them in this independent drama. Charlie (Devon Gummersall) is an aspiring filmmaker with lots of ideas but little to show for them. He is house-sitting for his father, who directs television commercials and is out of town on an assignment. Charlie and his girlfriend Paloma (Arly Jover) spend much of their time getting wasted; Charlie then makes grand pronouncements about the future of cinema while she patiently listens. Things become tense, however, when Charlie's friend Joe (Eion Bailey), who has a taste for drugs, stops by with his girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) and the conversation turns ugly. The Young Unknowns was adapted from the stage drama +Magic Afternoon by Wolfgang Bauer.


Arly Jover
as Paloma
Devon Gummersall
as Charlie Fox
Leslie Bibb
as Cassandra
Dale Godboldo
as Franklin
Simon Templeman
as Voice of Sebastian Fox

Critic Reviews for The Young Unknown

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (25)

  • This bleak little drama started as a play, and I'd bet that even onstage it felt contrived.

    Jul 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Destined for well-deserved obscurity.

    Jun 3, 2008

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • First-time director Catherine Jelski dredges up every cliche about druggy, obnoxious dreamers on the fringes of Hollywood and assumes that said cliches have the power to shock and surprise.

    Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Jelski's casting is daring, in its way, and I wish more American filmmakers would follow her example.

    Apr 23, 2003
  • The writing and the lead performance of Devon Gummersall in Catherine Jelski's The Young Unknowns makes this spoiled rich kid movie almost tolerable.

    Apr 22, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • There is nothing to redeem this movie, and no real reason to see it.

    Apr 17, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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