The Point Joshua Dorsey

Marketed unnecessarily as a film "made by kids for kids," it is clear within moments of the movie starting that the broad, stereotypical, issue-based characterizations and monosyllabic dialogue could come only from the youth of our nation. Somewhere within the garble of embellished personae are messages of marginalized homogeneity within communities of urban decline, as well as the cyclical nature of environmental influence. But mostly there are crass teenagers smoking weed and calling each other sluts. Their slice-of-life narrative loosely involves a missing girl named Kyra, whose whereabouts remain an enigma to denizens and authority figures alike. This uniting mystery, however, only takes up about five minutes of expositional screen time, as the rest of the film focuses on constant screaming matches between various teenagers, drug dealers and white trash parents. For example, Sabrina is pissed off at Steph for messing with her boyfriend Craig and decides to spray paint the word "Slut" on her house, which causes Steph to get her bitch on to Mary, who apparently no longer has Steph's back. Meanwhile, Tanya is pissed off at Ashley for flirting with her boyfriend, which causes a catfight that leads to an angry and despondent Ashley mugging Julian, a 12-year-old drug dealer who winds up on the run from Harold the thug as a result. It is all very profound and "real," in an Oliver Twist kind of way. Included on the DVD are interviews with director Joshua Dorsey and some of the teenagers. Much ado is made about how truthful the depiction of teen life is, since they are shown spewing profanity, doing drugs and drinking, which truthfully is far less surprising and shocking than the notion that these various social groups all hang out together at the same parties. Jocks and skids would never have been at the same party in my high school. On the upside, a couple of the teen performers show some acting promise, mainly Taylor Baruchel and Stephanie Staines. It is just a shame that no intelligent teenagers were involved in the production, as socially concerned morons such as these are really only part of the teen population. (Seville)