Wasted on the Young

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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 is used to getting what he wants, often with the help of his loyal sidekicks Brook (T.J. Power) and Jonathan (Tom Stokes), and when Xandrie rejects his advances, he doesn't take it well. Soon Xandrie finds herself the target of a campaign of rumors and vicious gossip, largely spread through online social networking, and the war of words takes an especially ugly turn that could leave Xandrie scarred for life and turn Darren against Zack. Wasted On The Young was the first feature film from writer and director Ben C. Lucas. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Wasted on the Young

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

    Mar 5, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • A scorching ultra modern morality fable that uses school grounds, party houses and internet connections as stomping grounds for social allegory.

    Nov 21, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    Mar 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Mar 6, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's very, very strikingly done.

    Mar 3, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Wasted on the Young

  • Mar 28, 2011
    'Wasted on the Young'. A party gone wrong with devastating consequences. Destructive, tense, and two wonderful lead performances.
    c0up   Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2011
    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
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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