The Dirties


Comedy / Crime / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.9 10 6445

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January 30, 2021 at 09:51 PM



759.73 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 22 min
P/S 2 / 28

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by LiamCullen6 9 / 10

Dark, powerful, and relatable

This is not your typical Saturday-night movie. In fact, after just finishing watching The Dirties about fifteen minutes ago, I'm still feeling quite detached and empty. That's how this film made me feel.

But that's a good thing.

It means that this movie is incredibly well written and directed. To leave a viewer feeling as I do now - perturbed - is something to marvel at. This is a powerful film which shines a harsh, unforgiving light upon bullying. It reveals all: the act itself, the victims, and the consequences.

The two movie-makers and best of friends, Owen and Matt, go from laughing and joking together to being diametrically opposed in their attitudes and social statuses. This is, of course, with the aid of bullying as an accelerant: because that is exactly what bullying is. This is seen in the film, as well as in schools worldwide. Situations which could otherwise be avoided or lessened in severity are made irrevocably worse as a result of bullying; this is one of the film's key themes.

It is made clear from the outset that both characters have been bullied all-throughout their lives. However, things soon change. For Owen, things improve: he becomes more confident, the girl he has had a crush on for years has finally begun reciprocating, and his life in general seems to take a turn for the better - high school gets a little less scary for Owen. On the other hand, Matt ends up at the other end of the spectrum. In his efforts to aid his friend to get the girl he'd swooned over for so long, his own social status does not improve. If anything, Matt becomes even more isolated and frustrated than ever before, which leads to the definitive moment in the film - the psychopath scene.

In this scene, Matt is finally able to do what Owen has been pleading for him to do: he separates his film from his life as he genuinely struggles to comprehend what is going on in his mind. He makes a cry for help: "Owen, I think I may be a psychopath" (*paraphrased*), yet his cries are misheard by Owen who has moved beyond the realm of being able to help his once-best-friend, and is now the quintessential society member whom of which this film specifically criticises. Owen becomes just another figure in the daunting hallways of their high school: eyes glued to his phone, his mind elsewhere, popularity and bettering himself being all that he can prioritise. He loses sight of Matt and is unable to see him as a friend in distress. This is what is so tragic about the film. It ends up being Owen, Matt's best friend, who drives Matt to doing the things he does because at the one point which truly mattered, when Matt needed Owen more than ever before, Owen wasn't there for him. And when Matt explodes in fury at his friend not recognising his desperate need for help, it only pushes Owen away even further and makes the viewers feel even more helpless.

The final line is utter perfection:

"Owen? What are you doing?! It's me!"

As Owen stands in horror in the corner, fearing for his own life at the sight of what his friend has become, Matt doesn't understand what changed and why Owen can't see him for what he is. This is where the movie got me. This is where it screamed its loudest. For, as the viewers, we are able to see that the true victim here is Matt. And that is a very morally-challenging concept to wrap your head around. The victim, at least in the movie, is the one holding the gun and not the one lying on the floor. You are left feeling aghast at the thought that the person who committed the massacre was in fact the one in need of the most help. This film leaves you with a burning question to ask yourself: are school-shootings portrayed by the media (or by society in general) in the entirely opposite way that they should be?

All in all, this is a very powerful and tragic film which successfully tells a compelling story whilst also spreading a message fundamental to the development of society. It forces you to ask questions which make you uncomfortable when you explore the answers, and emphasises the importance of reaching out and helping those who are at their most vulnerable. Films like this one are some of the best you can watch; they don't come along very often, but when they do you ought not to miss them.

Reviewed by srwxiv 10 / 10

When this film gets distribution, see it.

The Dirties premiered in Park City Utah this year, and it was clear from the beginning that it was one of the best films at either Sundance or Slamdance.

This film is quite possibly the most real and engaging exploration of what it means to be bullied and what it can drive people to. One of the most relevant films you'll see this year, if you can manage to see it.

I've rarely seen a movie that can take you to such a dark place, completely serious and genuine, but still make you smile during those bleak moments. And at the end of the day, it's that reaction of simultaneous investment and revulsion that makes the film worth watching.

It's both hilarious and horrible, thought-provoking and impossibly risky.

When this film gets distribution, see it.

Reviewed by BrentHankins 9 / 10

School shootings are examined through a new lens in excellent indie 'The Dirties.'

The subject of school shootings continues to be a hot button topic in America, and it's with no small bit of irony that a young Canadian filmmaker challenges us to re-examine our preconceived notions about these events in The Dirties, the latest release from Phase 4 Films and The Kevin Smith Movie Club. Written and directed by Matt Johnson (who also stars), the film follows a pair of high school students working on a project for their film class, a Tarantino-esque revenge tale that sees them portraying a pair of renegade detectives hell-bent on taking out a group of bullies they've dubbed "The Dirties."

It quickly becomes evident that Matt and Owen (Owen Williams) are using this assignment as an outlet for their own frustration, an opportunity to live out a fantasy which casts them as the heroes, standing up for the little guys. This revelation is clearly lost on their teacher, whose only concern is excising the violence and profanity from the film before allowing it to be screened for their fellow students, a move which transforms the completed product from an indictment of the school's ruling class to yet another embarrassing episode which reinforces how much the boys don't fit in with their peers.

Determined to make a statement, Matt offers up another approach – why not make a movie about a school shooting? How would people react to a film about two kids that have finally decided to stand up for themselves, a pair of teenage vigilantes trying to make the hallways a safer place by taking out every arrogant jock that ever stuffed another kid into a locker or threw a classmate's clothes into the shower during gym class?

As Matt's excitement and enthusiasm grows, Owen becomes increasingly suspicious that his pal might be planning to inject his next feature with a startling dose of realism, especially when he takes a trip to the shooting range with his older cousin and spends an afternoon poring over blueprints for the high school, charting where to find each of "The Dirties" at any given hour. But the boys have known each other forever, and despite a lifetime of being on the wrong end of a bully's fists, Owen knows that Matt wouldn't really hurt anyone… right?

Perpetrators of school violence are always cast as ruthless, cold- blooded killers, but with The Dirties, Johnson forces us to look at the other side of the coin, creating relatable, sympathetic characters that are easily recognizable. We've probably all known kids like Matt and Owen – hell, we may have been them ourselves – and as we watch them get pushed further and further toward their limit, we start to understand how someone can be moved to retaliate.

Does that mean that committing unspeakable acts of violence is an acceptable form of resolution? Of course not, and if that's what you take away from The Dirties then you've clearly missed the point. But Johnson isn't pretending to have all the right answers – he just wants us to start asking the right questions. And maybe he's onto something.

-- Brent Hankins,

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