This terrific feature debut by 26 year old writer-director Kelly is a sometimes spooky satirical comedy whose title character, defty played by Gyllenhaal is a disaffected surburban teenager given to antisocial acts and reckless, lovestruck heroism. With equal passion, he loves the pretty new girl in town (Malone) and hates cult guru Patrick Swayze who seems intent on taking control of his entire community. A gracefully crafted and unsentimental portrait of the high school outsider looking for love with a new vigor and signals the arrival of a bright new talent.
1hr 53mins long
R16 Violence and offensive language.