Reviews round-up (March 2009)
American Teen (15) 101min •• Nauseating reality TV style documentary about a year in the lives of four teenagers in the senior year of a high school in Indiana. Director Nanette On The Ropes Burstein plays with ideas of truth and representation to such an extent that this actually borders on being a piece of fiction. Plus, really who cares about the nominal lives of a jock, the popular girl, an artsy girl and a geek? Go watch Skins or The OC or some other TV brain rot - it’s arguably as real as this. Selected release from Fri 6 Mar.
Marley & Me (PG) 120min •• There’s certainly no accounting for taste. The US Christmas box office number one is a revoltingly reactionary tale of a schizophrenic dog, the model American aspirations of his blandly uninteresting owners, and the need to ignore the community and move to suburbia to make your brood safe in today’s world. Owen Wilson is on autopilot, Jennifer Aniston’s character manages to be both dull and dislikeable and the whole thing feels like being made to look at someone’s photo album for two very long hours. Alan Arkin as a cranky newspaper editor brings some freshness to this tired American everyman fable, and the doggie’s death is genuinely moving. Based on a bestselling book. General release from Wed 11 Mar.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (15) 82min ••• Three geeks attempt to solve a time-travel conundrum while on a night out at the pub, with very surprising results. Likeably zany low budget science fiction comedy with a capable cast (The House Bunny’s Anna Faris and The IT Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd amongst them). Selected release from Fri 13 Mar.