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  • Summary: Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his new age parents the most -- go straight! A few weeks with a library of self- help manuals and Placid has it sorted -- and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it. (Palace Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    For every line of dialogue that's truly, glitteringly acid, though, there are five that are merely clever, and Lee, likable as he is, never really taps into the misery of the teen misfit.
  2. A welcome rarity: an amiable film comedy that leaves you feeling good as opposed to feeling for your wallet.
  3. Taking satiric aim at a familiar target, conformity, Australian playwright Tony McNamara's film debut is by turns incisive and broad.
  4. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    50
    Melds an insightful observational style with some rather clunky satire and the resulting mix is uneven at best.
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