Wasted on the Young (2010)




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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
R (for violence, disturbing behavior, language, drug use, drinking and brief graphic nudity -all involving teens)
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TJ Power
as Brook
Tom Stokes
as Jonathan
Georgina Haig
as Simone
Kym Thorne
as Karenn
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Critic Reviews for Wasted on the Young

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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

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.

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Full Review… | March 27, 2012
Urban Cinefile

A scorching ultra modern morality fable that uses school grounds, party houses and internet connections as stomping grounds for social allegory.

Full Review… | November 20, 2011

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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Wasted on the Young

This was an interesting story with some great young actors. It was a very dark story and the ending was great.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

A morality tale in re to the morality of choices that people make in re to a young & naïve girl being gang raped at a party by some rich - preppy boys. Even though the film is poorly edited & the flashback scenes are hard to follow this is still worth seeing. It's a mid-tier level teen drama with a deeper meaning about morality & personal responsibility. The film also depicts very well the detachment that many young people have in re to violence in society & how self centered many teens are. The plot could have taken place in the US. This is not a great film but serves its purpose. I still have some issues with the ending being left open to interpretation but it is what it is. There were aspects of the plot that reminded me a lot of some films from the 90's such as Cruel Intentions (1999), & School Ties. There were other aspects that reminded me a lot of Irreversible & its edgy material & also the In Crowd (2000).

David Bocek
David Bocek

'Wasted on the Young'. A party gone wrong with devastating consequences. Destructive, tense, and two wonderful lead performances.


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