Remember how hard it was growing up, a teenager dealing with issues, trying to fit in, make friends, deal with a crush, excel at school and so much more? Well here’s a film which has so many characters that represent many or all of the above aspects.
Many talented and well-known individuals make up the cast, but the story is the main hero. We see high school through a freshman named Charlie, who gets through the year with two friends, Patrick and Sam, who are seniors. Many issues surface as outcomes of their interaction, some from the past, and some from the present. How they deal with them is the strength of the film.
The movie is sensitive, captures the age and their problems with unapologetic reality. The moments are made dramatic not by action, but by tender, detailed expression. Brilliant acting by the cast and excellent sound, direction and screenplay by the crew.