1h 40min | Comedy | 9 December 2016 (USA)
Freshman Neil’s Vanguard stories are all he cares about…until he meets the older Julia, who pushes him to put his own fan fic online. When the website’s moderator takes a special interest in Neil’s work, it opens up a whole new universe.
I saw Slash at BAM Cinemafest 2016 last night. It was certainly a crowd-pleaser. The story starts as “innocent, studious, repressed 15-year-old boy meets wild, unruly, sassy girl” and goes from there. It could take many directions, but it chooses a realistic, rather unsure and zigzaggy route, which reflects perfectly the confusion and indecision of the coming-of-age state. I expected the highlights to be the bad fan fic being read out loud awkwardly and the imagined sexual encounters of the burly sci-fi hero, Vanguard, but though these were all extremely hilarious and entertaining, I was surprised to find the emotional scenes about belonging, friendship, love, betrayal also vibrant and smart. The leads are great. Jessie Ennis rocks!
Director: Clay Liford
Writer: Clay Liford
Stars: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Deborah Abbott
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