|Focus Features | Release Date: March 31, 2006||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
First-time writer-director Rian Johnson's gimmick is that his SoCal teens talk like film-noir yeggs and dames, slinging hard-boiled shade and spitting out terse, rat-a-tat dialogue peppered with slang that was yesterday's news 40 years before they were born. But the result is, against all odds, marvelously entertaining. Read full review
Has the inherent limits of all movies that feed on movies, rather than life -- it's original, yet it's not.
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