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Monday, July 27, 2009

 

Yet another reason why I'm not a professional movie critic

The good folks at Beyond Beyond Enterprises sent me a screener copy of the locally-produced film Bumps a few days ago. I was hoping to watch it and post a review by the time it screens this Thursday, July 30th, at 9 PM at the Clinton Street Theater.

Unfortunately, the disc is currently stuck in the DVD drive of a MacBook and it refuses to come out. I've tried all of the troubleshooting tips available on Google and tonight is the only night this week that I'll have time to watch it. So let me tell you what I know about Bumps without actually having seen it.

Directed by Bob Moricz, Bumps is about a group of teenage girls that made the not-so-smart decision to form a pregnancy pact. They all manage to get, well, knocked-up and things more or less get pretty rocky from there on out. The film is based on a true story about a group of students at Gloucester High, a school in a Massachusetts fishing town, who's similar pact made it into the pages of Time Magazine in June of 2008.

The Oregonian's Stan Hall wrote a short review about the film in the paper last week. Here's his quick take: "[it] mixes Larry Clark-style exploitation, 'Heathers'-like satire and a willfully cheap aesthetic pioneered by the Kuchar brothers and Kenneth Anger."

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