A youth summer-stock musical/acting camp for a group of self-imposed freaks and geeks.The drama mostly centers around an all-around golden boy, the frumpy faghag who has a crush on him, and the cross-dressing Latino who also has a crush on him. Any plot is extremely scarce as Todd Graff’s comedy sees itself more as a banal message-movie (read: be who you are) and a miniscule showcase for revival numbers of Stephen Sondheim, whom they equate as a god (and makes a cameo appearance as well). Unfortunately, the showcase is rather truncated insofar as there is not much true talent on display. The one actress who caught my eye (and my ear) is the pintsized Anna Kendrick (her rendition of “Ladies who Lunch” or whatever, was a real show-stopper) and she packs a lot of wallop in the little meat she gets — cut out too early, if you ask me. And if not talented, then at least charismatic, are Joanna Chilcoat, Daniel Letterle, Robin de Jesus, and Tiffany Taylor. Still, for a movie about being yourself, Graff is sure quick to pick on the stereotypes and clichés.[Not to be bothered with.]
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Edinburgh Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Edinburgh Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Seattle Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Seattle Film Festival series, click here.