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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
Okay, I go to NYU, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. Of course, because I'm at NYU, I have to watch a whole bunch of s****y student films. Among them was this one, noteworthy only for the casting (which, allegedly, was due to a high school friendship with at least one of the actors). What seemed like it might be a decent idea quickly degenerated into a stupid attempt to be as "shocking" as possible, with poorly staged (and horribly scripted) "worst deeds ever" being shown. I won't go into the soundtrack, because as cliched as its use is, I actually like "American Woman" and a few others.
I don't want to spend longer writing this review than it takes to watch the short, but I'll just hit a few more bullet points: -- Remember in "Can't Hardly Wait", when they freeze frame on every major character and give you quick yearbook bios of them? So does the guy who made this. -- A scene that's supposed to be awful (a dog being beaten to death), and make the audience hate the main characters, but instead inspired laughter from the crowd. This caused more than one person to say that they hated the scene because it was so clear that it shouldn't have been funny. We're not talking about singin' "Singin' In The Rain" during a rape or anything. Trust me, I'll laugh at plenty of things that would make the Pope weep, and I laughed at that part, but doing so made me, and everybody else, angry. -- It freeze frames on the girl from "7th Heaven" when her face is blocked by her hair, yet we're supposed to recognize her later. -- James Franco (a truly talented actor, and the reason I was looking forward to seeing the short, actually) is forced to play Daniel Desario (from "Freaks and Geeks") again, only without the oppurtunity to provide it with any nuance. Even so, he rises above the material and is able to give portions of a powerful performance, whenever he doesn't have to speak.
I only bothered to review this because nobody else ever had, proving once and for all that the IMDb should not allow student films, period. If they're going to, though, it should be worthy ones, and not just because the cast happens to be in other things (which is, officially, the reason this is listed).
However, it is obvious that the guy who made this has a strong future as a casting agent.
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