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Wow, what a disappointment this one turned out to be. I didn't care for any of the characters and the acting was just so-so. I really didn't pay attention to the trailers for this movie I just saw that it had Miles Teller, Zac Efron, and Michael B. Jordan in it and thought maybe it would be funny. I won't say the film didn't make me laugh, because it did a couple times. But most of the time I was pretty much bored. The truly only really funny part is where Zac's character shows up to the birthday party in his ridiculous outfit (which I loved). That was the most 'awkward' moment in the film as well. In the end it's not a film I would see again.
This one starred three of my favorite rising star's. Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. These three performers have it all when it comes to playing any type of character they are given. Miles Teller has already proven that he's a very funny guy. In this movie he continues to prove that but we also get to see him take a more serious role with this character as well. It seems to come very natural for him. His performance in this film has been my favorite so far. I look forward to seeing more of his work. Shailene Woodley is one of my top favorites right now. I love the roles she has been taking. I really took notice of her in, The Descendants. Her acting seems effortless. She is one of the more honest actors I have come across. I am looking forward to her future films, especially The Fault in Our Stars. Then there is Brie Larson. I have loved her since seeing her when she was doing The United States of Tara (one of my favorite shows). If you haven't seen the show, you should. I haven't seen her in many movies but just from watching her in that show I know she's really talented and I hope to see her in more films.
The movie itself was really good. The story probably isn't that new, but the performances is what really draws you into the story. It's about the transition from being an carefree youth to becoming an responsible adult. Which is hard for Sutter Keely to come to terms with. He is very much stuck in the now and would like to stay there. But soon things take a turn for him and he starts to question who is and what he wants and who he does and does not want to be.
The movie touches on alcoholism and how it effects these young lives and the people around them.
The film also gives you a really good look at a girls first time, love, relationship, and heartbreak.
The story is strong and the performances really make this a film to see. I am definitely glad I a came across this one.
The film started off with the promise of being the reimaging of the lost scenes of the Al Pacino movie, "Cruising". Then it some how turned into a hot mess of a lot of nothing. I was as confused as Val most of the time. I understand what Franco was saying when he spoke about believing that we are brought up in a box and nurtured to believe that only a certain way of loving, living, and expressing yourself sexually is to be between a woman and a man. I liked that he pushed for a more out of the box kind of documentary, but it all just got so messed up along the way. And the Dom guy was super creepy, IMO. It's not something I would watch again. But not because of the content, but because of the confused mess it is.