However, a few hormone-filled days with distant cousin Mario Cazado , fresh-out-of-prison gallant with little modesty, yank the musically inclined Lucas out into the open fields of homoerotic exploration. Effervescent chemistry between the secret lovers, who exude winsome soft-heartedness, as opposed to ravenous desire, lifts the liaison above the forced levity that plagues the writing. If nothing else, their attraction sizzles with credibility. To conceal the flat pedestrian lighting and bargain-software score, though, would call for a major aesthetic refurbishing. Donning multiple creative caps as co-director, costar and sole screenwriter, Cazado, playing a character half his real age, at least aces the in-front-of-the-camera portion with a heart-melting turn excelling in a production cluttered with mawkish theatrics.
5 Reasons Booksmart Is One of the Best Teen Movies Ever
Near the beginning of Booksmart , longtime besties Amy Dever and student body president Molly Feldstein come to a horrifying realization. In fact, one thing that makes this picture so refreshing is that all the kids in it are bright. So many movies about smart teens sound like they were written by screenwriters; the kids talk like little adults. Some adjustments were made to update it before it got the green light. A sequence shot underwater is dreamily lovely.