My Sucky Teen Romance Review
of My Sucky Teen Romance is fairly simple
but it is effective and creatively plotted from beginning to end. A
teenagers go to the annual SpaceCON; a convention that essentially
please geeks. The girls mainly seem to go to meet some boys. However,
heroine Kate (Elaine
enjoy the occasional comic-book and is a geek too. Some boys (friends...
not boyfriends) also attend the convention.
They seem to mostly be attending because they are... well... just plain ol'
realizes upon arriving at the con this year that her very own
attending. The cashier's name is Paul and he's dressed as a vampire
Interesting? Before long the two begin a short romantic fling. It's cut
short when he accidently bites her and turns Kate into a vampire. Oops.
there's this evil vampire named Vince (Devin
rolled into town and turned
Paul and his cashier co-worker into vampire blood-sucking fiends. Yet
not all vampires
actually want to be vampires and to begin "feeding" (as the saying
Kate's own crush Paul was trying to resist being a genuine vampire.
is turned vampire she too is left in want of a normal life.
rest of the movie essentially amounts to a series of comedic mishaps
while the newly turned vampires and their closest friends attempt to
find a way
to turn them back into the human beings they once were. Along the way,
other dysfunctional goofballs and geeks at the con and even a brief
hosted by Ain't it Cool News founder
Harry Knowles, as he discusses how a vampire wouldn't sparkle - among
Sucky Teen Romance is
the latest film from teenage
filmmaker Emily Hagins. Hagins has already made quite the name for
herself as a
filmmaker by writing and directing several films. Each effort has been
her teenage years. She turned 18 after completion of My
Sucky Teen Romance and she shows no signs of having lost
interest in making movies. This inherent youthful ambition makes My Sucky Teen Romance an interesting piece
of work to examine critically for several reasons.
all, I think the fact that a 17 year old girl made a movie this good is
and its downright stellar (even badass) to be a filmmaker at such a
young age. It
amazes me not just because it's so rare to see such a young and
filmmaker but also because the film is technically better made than
flicks older and supposedly wiser filmmakers sometimes produce. Emily
the real deal - the film is well structured, creative, and
some definite positives: the script is fun and is has a nice spin on
vampire craze. This aspect should especially make the film interesting
younger audiences (most especially anyone who thinks of the Twilight
over-rated). The direction is unique. The way that Emily Hagins framed
shots and scenes is artful and shows a talent that is sure to even grow
than the current of today.
is likeable. This is a major plus. Everyone involved seemed to really
enjoying their roles, and this was something that stood out as
However, some of these actors were clearly inexperienced and it's
could detract from the enjoyment level for some audience members. This
certainly no deal-breaker, though. We are talking about high-school
young adults. My Sucky Teen Romance is
an indie, low-fi production after all. There's definitely a limit to
have been done from conception to completion of this project.
the film is also far from being the comedic wonderment that it seems to
be for viewers. The comedy mostly just seems to fall flat. Most of the
are well delivered anywhere near as well as they needed to be for the
film to stand
out as a successful comedy. It seemed as though everyone involved was
really hard with this, but it just didn't work. I wish the film and
were involved in making it had been able to accomplish all of the
news is that this film is charming. It has loads of charm. You can tell
everyone involved is well-spirited and that these were people who
worked well together.
It's a wonder recognizing that such young and talented people came
tried to make this a solid production from beginning to end.
Sucky Teen Romance may
not be perfect. I found the
film hit and miss throughout. Yet it delivers in sheer creativity and
perfectly clear that this was a more-than-solid attempt at making an
motion-picture to rival anything else being produced and created.
genuinely surprised me by crafting such a strong effort, and I applaud
being herself. Making movies as a teenager cannot be easy. Making art
general isn't something that is considered easy... and it's because it
Hagins might still need more experience to develop more as a filmmaker
clear that intelligence and enthusiasm isn't lacking. Certainly, My Sucky Teen Romance is worth seeing for
its heart and soul and creativity.
Sucky Teen Romance looks
surprisingly great on
Blu-ray. The film had a professional in the role of cinematographer.
photography is exquisite and has a sparkling cleanness in the High
department. The film is presented in it's original aspect ratio of
transfer's not going to be considered a frontrunner of video or
anything of the
sort but this is a independent film with solid production aspects.
lossless 2.0 Dolby digital audio is uncompressed and it sounds decent
for dialogue and for the film's quirky score. It just doesn't excel
these stages. The track is font and center heavy and doesn't expand
area of speaker audio-enhancement that much.
Emily Hagins and Producer Paul Gandersman created a worthy
that any fan of the film should consider listening to. These two are
energetic and have great enthusiasm about the film. Details became
the film's creation and the overall behind-the-scenes aspect of making
the film and all of its efforts happen.
A Behind the Scenes featurette contributes
some neat making-of material with interviews with the main cast.
Cupcakes is a
short film written and
directed by Emily Hagins after the completion of My Sucky
disc also includes a deleted scene, blooper reel, and theatrical
round out all the aspects of the release.
Sucky Teen Romance is an
interesting teen movie that
openly mocks the recent vampire craze with teens everywhere. The film
stylish, creative, and entertaining. While it's not perfection it does
Teenage writer/director Emily Hagins deserves the accolades she
attempting something so different and ambitious at such an early age.
effort is certainly very commendable and well worth checking out at
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.