A pair of Canadian high schoolers document their senior year in Cinéma Vérité Fashion. therapy dogs Takes place in 2019 at Kawthra Park Secondary School in the suburbs of Toronto. Besties Ethan Eng and Justin Morris use guerrilla filmmaking tactics to capture their lives a critical time, Adolescence blends fact and fiction in a frantic, quick-editing exploration of growing adulthood. They get style points for creativity but weakly address serious topics. therapy dogs What can best be described as a ninety minute TikTok video of partying, drugs, petty vandalism and infantile behavior. they embody carefree existence of a first-world middle class Youth.
Ethan and Justin hide their identities as they sneak up on the roof of the school. They set off fireworks and dance around as a camera in the distance records their sparks. The teens are going to “show the truth about high school” by recording their own yearbook video. They use cameras to interview classmates and secretly record their illegal activities. They bounce between running around wildly and goofing off with their friends. This includes smoking weed, recording a night tripping on LSD, breaking down walls in abandoned houses, and jumping off a bridge just before a train is about to slam them.
He breaks the film by introducing his state of mind at that time. The introduction includes titles such as “School is Boring”, “Meet Kevin” and “Kyle’s Story”. There isn’t really a linear progression over the course of the year because you can’t tell when events will happen. School is boring every day for most people growing up, so I think they chose the specific lameness for personal reasons.
Ethan and Justin periodically fizzle out and capture the sad emotional state. “A Trip Through Time” shows footage of a student who committed suicide the day before his graduation, twelve years earlier. They pause briefly before resuming their juvenile antics. The filmmakers argue, fight and harass each other as personalities collide. In one scene they are seen fighting shirtless, only to get really angry, and wish they could beat each other up more.
therapy dogs It reflects what the filmmakers think and feel is important. There is no real learning involved, talking to girls outside of light banter, or any meaningful understanding of the world around them. A brief moment of clarity brings them to the realization that all they know is suburbia. Then it’s back to going crazy and having fun.
His lack of connection with the opposite sex comes to the fore. It appears that Ethan and Justin don’t have any female friends. They interact somewhat at parties, but girls are not in their zone. They film other people making elaborate prom proposals, but cannot find dates. Ethan’s clumsy attempt to solve the problem speaks directly to current trends in Generation Z and Alpha; Where men under the age of twenty-five have unrealistic expectations about women and girls. When there are literally hundreds of girls at Ethan’s school, trying to get a stripper prom date isn’t healthy behavior.
a dark turn
Ethan and Justin take a dark turn in the third act. They are not fulfilled by the high school experience. the opposite is true. Sadness pervades despite the year’s madcap antics. they were not abused, starved, forced to work, threatened or left alone; But remain hollow and sad. The next stage of maturation begins at a poor stage.
Tough times make people stronger. therapy dogs Happens before the pandemic. I have a feeling all those kids stuck at home during Covid are thrilled to be back at school and being social. I hope Ethan and Justin turn their coming-of-age story in retrospect. They had the best in the suburbs… the best.
therapy dogs Shay Kids is a production of Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller. It will be available on demand from March 17 utopia,