|Strand Releasing | Release Date: October 22, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Show Me Love has the pulse of teen life down-pat, shaming its many sleek and glossy American counterparts at every turn.
Moodysson has an uncanny eye and ear for teen speech and attitude, and is able to capture it without the usual condescension and exploitation.
Moodysson's teen protagonists are more complex than both the high school stereotypes (the nerd, the jock, the beauty queen) in films like "American Pie" and the self-absorbed philosophers on "Dawson's Creek."
Not only feels real, but it avoids preciousness and cute eccentricity and, in its lean, almost grave, cut-and-dried delivery makes more of an emotional impact because we're able to imprint our own memories of adolescence upon it.
American teens will respond to the directness of the issues here, as well as the film's brisk and risky tone.
Charming and, compared with most Hollywood films like it, refreshing.
Its portrait of adolescence seems so authentic that it puts most Hollywood products to shame.
Grainy color stock and tight closeups give the film a realistic feel that's accentuated by natural performances from the able young cast.
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