This film, limited in release and in pretty much everything, was originally titled "Homework" in it's release, and stars the almost unrecognizable Freddie Highmore and the same Emma Roberts that played as Nancy Drew back in 2007. (Not the same character, but same face. Exactly.) Freddie Highmore hide his English voice and puts himself in the shoes of George Zinnavoy, an ordinary high-school senior who doesn't know what he wants to do and as Highmore put it, is "upset that he doesn't have super powers." Just someone who sees the negative side of everything and decides to stop doing homework and assignments altogether because he feels he's just going to die anyway. He's like Calvin without Hobbes. Up on the school roof one day, on the other side is a girl named Sally, smoking a cigar. For no apparent reason, George decides to smoke up a cancer stick too to take the blame on a nearby teacher, and slowly they start to hang out a little bit. On Career Day, George meets a boy his age named Dustin who finds Sally attractive when he introduces her. Out of fascination, Dustin notices George's doodles and scribbles, and he thinks that's George's career. An artist.
In all honesty, George is kind of in my reflection as well, but for a few reasons I found him more of an insult than a relatable person. I think the first mistake the filmmakers made was having George a smoker. It's hard to care about someone who does that. George ends up with almost a year's supply of assignments he'll have to do if he wants to graduate, which he's not sure of either. Never mind his caring mother. Look, bottom line, a drama movie can get by in my book and perhaps even more if it has a major issue, a zippy soundtrack and setting, perhaps an enemy, and about more than just the two main characters. This movie fails in every category.
It is situated in New York, I think. I never really cared enough. And all around New York are a ton of coffee shops, noodle restaurants, railways, black clothing and buildings that reflect the sky with all their windows and it's all so...saturated. I don't know how much it cost to make this movie, but it earned 1.4 million dollars, which may be a bad sign. I can't even say some coloured lighting would fix that problem, cause it's all about as unfixable as George's homework problem. And homework problem aside, this movie is very familiar. It's just another movie about being scared of saying "I Love You" and an event that will lead to vomiting and lying down on the street. The last thing is the soundtrack. I guess the trailer has a few tunes that are fine, even if the first one is the "Two Broke Girls" theme song. Kind of cheap. Every tune in the movie that I can remember doesn't really deserve a category. They all sound like Country without the zip, Jazz without the energy or half the instruments, classical but even more boring and less dramatic. In short, they all sound like they were made with Glen Hasard's busted up guitar, making it not even deserving to be on YouTube. I watched the movie hoping to see some thriller involving cutting school and getting in trouble with teachers while having enough time to be with the one. Instead, I found it to be a tired eighty minute MADD video.