A smart and rebellious teen (Shia La Beouf) befriends a wealthy teen (Elden Henson) who shares his passion for re-enacting military conflicts.
" For most of its length it coasts by with above-average charm and a solid grasp of messy adolescent emotions. "
" It's a nice little movie, amateurish in some expected first-time-filmmaker ways but usually competent and never a disaster. "
" It's too much going on, but I think that as was the case with Stolen Summer, the actors rise above the material and make it worth seeing. "
" Surprisingly sweet and smart. "
" The characters talk like smart, unpredictable people, and Kelly Ernswiler is one of a kind. "
" After the movie scored poorly at a test screening, Miramax vice president Rick Schwartz bullied directors Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin into playing up the comedic elements and soft-pedaling the family drama. "
" An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie. "
" As putatively quirky coming-of-age movies go, this one feels factory-tooled -- and fake. "
" Cinematic mush. "
" It feels put together by committee -- which, apparently, it was. "
" It's a very minor Catcher in the Rye, featuring clever but overcooked dialogue, two-dimensional supporting roles, and a disarming generosity toward its characters. "
" It's an insufferable piffle. "
" It's simply an indie-film aping of Hollywood teen-mongering at its ultimate worst. "
" The film is well-acted and looks good, but it's so inconsequential and bland that you wonder what was it about the script that made anyone think it would make an interesting movie. "
" The filmmakers ended up with a teen flick of Tinkertoy sensitivity in which the assorted story arcs ... are all setup and no follow-through. "
" The half an idea in Erica Beeney's script is reduced by another half through the disjointed directing of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin. "
" The movie is bad in a boring way: tepidly paced, disjointed and lacking any emotional hook. "
" Without any of the dramatic transitions, we're left with a pileup of scenes, none of them very funny, and a thin, linear plot. "
" You get the sense of too much input, too many bright ideas, too many scenes that don't belong in the same movie. "
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