Review from the April 12 edition of the Vancouver Observer:
PICTURE DAY: Here’s a view of youth today that remarkable for two things. Hollywood rarely gets them both right. First is authenticity. The high schoolers in this story think and talk like real teenagers. Second, Tatiana Maslany’s performance as the defiant student Claire, sharp-tongued, ever sure she’s right, is astounding. No wonder she won the best actor award at Whistler and the film won the Borsos prize as best Canadian feature.
Claire, having to repeat her last year of high school, gets involved with both a 34-year-old rock musician (Steven McCarthy) and a kid just arrived in Grade 9 (Spencer Van Wyck) who she used to babysit. A sort of triangle develops as she makes it her mission to remake his nerdy image into a stud with blue hair and charisma but keeps on sleeping with the rocker. There’s disappointment on a road trip though and recurring conflicts with the school principal. And lots of great dialogue (ranging from warm and chatty to argumentative) with everybody. Director Kate Melville use to write for DeGrassi and has made a film that’s low on plot but high on believable characters. (VanCity) 4 out of 5