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The Young Unknown (2000)

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Critic Consensus: A movie about uninteresting people doing uninteresting things.

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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.

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Cast

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)

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Destined for well-deserved obscurity.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Jelski's casting is daring, in its way, and I wish more American filmmakers would follow her example.

Full Review… | April 23, 2003
Salon.com
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The writing and the lead performance of Devon Gummersall in Catherine Jelski's The Young Unknowns makes this spoiled rich kid movie almost tolerable.

April 22, 2003
New York Daily News
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There is nothing to redeem this movie, and no real reason to see it.

Full Review… | April 17, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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