Despite the fact that the creators of 'American Pie' (the teen film
that truly ended the John Hughes era and ruined the legacy of teen
films by making them full of raunch and lacking any sort of real
resonation with its target audience) were behind this movie, I
genuinely wanted to see if it would be any good. I liked the trailer
alright, and I have enjoyed the performances of both Nicholas Braun and
Zoey Deutch in the past.
Unfortunately, despite being at least partially original and having a pleasing tone/mood, the film doesn't deliver much of anything. It's little more than a series of sequences involving the good kids going to parties and experimenting with sex and drugs. Movies like this are hard to make right (though it can and has been done). This is definitely not it though.
I think the biggest turnoff of the movie is the Ashley Judd scenes. Braun getting laid with all the 40 year old tennis players is neither a flattering montage nor a necessary one. A lot of sleeping around is done in this movie (and this comes from a big fan of 'Seinfeld'), and then we're expected to accept that he and Deutch fall in love at the end without any build-up whatsoever.
It's generally just a film one watches and says repeatedly, "I know how this scene could have been done so that this would have been one of the better teen films of the 2010s." Too bad it didn't turn out that way.
This was a perfectly disposable movie. A few cute moments and a couple of rare but genuine laughs made me okay with the fact that I watched it once. Can't see myself doing it again without getting bored.
Four high school students look to redefine themselves after graduation.
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