When a hopelessly romantic high school senior (Austin Abrams) falls for a mysterious new classmate (Lili Reinhart), it sets them both on an unexpected journey that teaches them about love, loss, and most importantly themselves.
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With all the hype surrounding this movie, I was really looking forward to it. What a mess. I expected angst, but this is next level dreary. Nothing like watching entitled teens whine about not being able to do what they want when they want to, even when that's really all they do. The dialogue was painfully stilted. I just didn't connect to the story, but if you're looking for something dark to wallow in, this just might hit the spot. Hey, when was the last time a teenager used Facebook to learn more about someone?
I had a boyfriend in high school who died in a car accident a year after graduation. We were living together but his night job had him coming home drunk and I believe he was cheating. This is a guy who told me he loved me so much he would die for me. I broke it off (cheating) & that night he went out and hit a tree with his car. It took me 10 years of misery to face the loss he WAS cheating. Eventually in those 10 yrs as a zombie I was married had 2 kids and divorced. Guess that's a good way to kill time until you can feel again. Eventually I re-met a high school guy I was always interested in dating. We fell in love and were together 26 happy years until he passed. Misery can be overcome but everyone has their own speed. It doesn't heal as quick as a broken leg-not for me. This was less than a year in the life of 2 people; and I didn't feel the spark between the 2, the girl was too self involved and the guy didn't express himself well at all. That's not a representation of the hot, intense, messy, passionate love we had. First love...what a trip.
Chemical hearts tried but failed. The dialogue was a mess,story line was all over the place and the acting was pretty bland as well.It's almost like they made a watered down version of the film 'The Fault In Our Stars.' I found it hard to identify with any of the characters or really care about them at all the character development was about as deep as the main girls hiding spot:A shallow koi pond inside an abandoned hazardous looking factory. The movie centers around 2 main teen characters, a high school year book committee but mostly the new girl in school who walks with a slight limp because of a fatal accident involving her ex boyfriend the year prior she's depressed and withdrawn she throws a fit because she can't run track properly anymore although she's a gifted writer she refuses to participate in class and doesn't talk to anyone in a kind manner unless she's having one of her good moments. Then there's the sweet highschool year book guy,kinda nerdy but sweet and smart and life was rather uncomplicated. He pretty much tried to fix her like one of his broken pottery pieces he follows her around like a lost puppy dog even though she shares very very little with him only more whining and crying about HER car crash,HER ex and HER heartbreak she doesn't seem to really care at all for his or anyone else's feelings or what they've been through only using them or him when again,she is having one of her "better" days. **SPOILERS AHEAD** Later on after an argument over something she got offended by she then arrives at a Halloween party where she happily and seductively dances with him they eventually go upstairs where she shows him her wounded leg then they have sex.The next morning she wakes up and of course immediately starts crying while laying next to him and he once again noticed how miserable she is.Poor guy falls even more in love with her but she eventually dumps him because she just can't get past her love for her ex or her past "trauma" At the end she hugs him in the hallway of the school with a line about how he's the most magnificent bunch of atoms or something along those lines then she talks about how she's taking time off after graduation to "find her words" sneaks a page from a poetry book into his pocket she pieced back together for him and before disappearing she sweetly smiles back at him like she has just changed his entire course of existence because she ACTUALLY thought of something nice to do for him for once! Afterwards he decides to walks home and his real friends decide to join him for one last walk before graduation. The end!
Looking back and understanding today life is not easy. It's that simple, that complex. It's that sad, that ecstatic. This film is one of the best explanations of the past, what could have been, and what is - now, hope, regret, and acceptance. A beautifully done film. A bittersweet story. Life as it is. Chemical balance and inbalance. Extasy and misery. Acceptance of the past. Hope for the future. What could have been wasn't. Can never be. Life goes on for some.
LOVE the storyline and how different it is then every other movie!. Not only does it accurately portray lives of those with disabilities (physically and mentally) but also the turmoil of loss and learning to love again. So in love with the actors and actresses and how well they were able to play these heartbroken and crazy teenagers. I wish I had a movie like this when I was in high school because it summed up all those high school issues so well!! 5 stars. Yes. Yes. And yes!!
I've had enough of the bleak, no fun Hollywood.. guess what? This isn't an escape.. it's a bummer. Hey, if you want to wallow in teenage angst and depressing stories.. here's another one.. a friend came over and said what are you watching? I said .. not sure.. lost touch with it almost as soon as it started