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Kate (Dominique Swain) is the girl everyone loves to hate. As has become tradition, everyday she meets her friends Casey (James Franco) and Nick (Eric Christian Olsen) after school to trash the kids they dislike. But today is no ordinary day. Today, Kate has just been in a violent fight with her little sister (Beverley Mitchell), and now she's got plenty on her mind. When she poses the question, "What's the worst thing you've ever done to somebody else," the guys realize they're in for some excitement. As they each reveal some humorous but cruel anecdotes about their pasts, the mood slightly tenses up, and their memories get more and more disturbing, to a point of no return. But, how much can they trust each other? Who really is the meanest? And most importantly, do mean people really get what's coming to them in the long run? Only Mean People Suck can answer. Written by
I'm don't go to NYU and don't know much about short student films, so this is just the opinion of a random viewer. I thought the film was quite good actually, one of my favorite. Interesting, funny, dark, clever, sexual, disturbing.
Franco, Swain, Olsen, and Mitchell excelled in their limited screen time, surprising me with the versatility from Olsen and Mitchell especially. The costumes and setting were realistic and simple- grunge clothing and a football jacket worn by high schoolers sitting in a diner in a small town. Although the fact that three people at opposite ends of the popularity spectrum would randomly meet in a diner seemed just a little off, I'm from Baltimore so that whole prospect is unfamiliar to me and I suppose is entirely possible.
The offbeat humor, and short silences mixed with subtle looks makes for good timing and clever thinking as well as snorting laughs. The ending twist was genius. The film simply begins and ends in 8 minutes with a few answerable questions at the end and forces you to think quickly to keep up.
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