Teenage Dirtbag


Release Date: October 20th 2009

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: A girl is tormented by the schools outcast until they take a creative writing class together.

Last night I was in the mood to watch a movie. I turned on and off three different movies within 10 minutes. I just couldn’t get into anything.

I was browsing Netflix’s Instant movies and came across Teenage Dirtbag. I read the description and decided to give it a try, especially because it is based on a true story.

Within the first few minutes I loved it already. It was just what I was in the mood for.

Though the movie stays on the surface for the most part, there are large hints and indications of two very tragic lives. These two characters Thayer and Amber are both suffering in different ways. They don’t connect to anyone else and it seems that they never really had anyone to talk to.

A lot of the movie is made up of hints, undertones, facial expressions, and actions. There aren’t really any significant or deep conversations that form their strong bond. With Thayer and Amber it’s all in their small gestures of care towards each other. The actions and looks in Teenage Dirtbag spoke louder than any conversation ever could have.

Thayer and Amber start an unexpected connection. I loved that they didn’t have a lot of conversation but they really felt each other and saw into each other’s souls. They connected on a very deep level and their connection was intense. A significant scene in the film is when Amber takes out an orange from her book bag and rolls it to Thayer during study hall. Small gestures like this, telling looks and body language speak loudly in the film.

Thayer and Amber had a love for each other that can’t be expressed in words and they cared for each other very much but unfortunately two scarred people often hurt each other as much as they care for each other.

Teenage Dirtbag was incredibly powerful. I felt very attached to it and I know I will be thinking about it for days. I even went back and rewatched a few scenes.

Great film. It was extremely well made. I can’t get over it. And the acting was phenomenal.

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5 Responses to “Teenage Dirtbag”

  1. I also loved this movie. Its so weird because i watched it on netflix too! But i found this site when i was googling the movie. After watchin it i wanted to know more about it. I knew it was based on a true story so i wanted to find out who it was based on and just kinda research to find out more. So far no luck…. but i just read what you said about the movie and figured i would tell you this.

  2. similar, our feelings

  3. I loved it. It left a profound impression, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for ages afterward. In terms of background I have found out, the real guy was called Bear, Amber was more of a combination of different students including the writer and director who went to the same school, the real guy died, the creative writing teacher is the only character who is entirely true to the real person, it is party autobiographical, the real thayer died and it is only loosely based on events.

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