JUST PECK

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Who is high school sophomore Michael Peck? Is he a model son? A band geek? A science nerd? No, he’s just Peck (Keir Gilchrest, It’s Kind of a Funny Story), a 5-foot-2, skinny, 104-pound weakling whom no one notices until he meets Emily (Brie Larson, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), a beautiful and popular senior, who befriends the awkward boy. When Peck’s overbearing power parents (Marcia Cross and Adam Arkin) force him to compete in the school science fair, he risks becoming even more of a social outcast. But Peck has a brilliant plan: he’ll create a project so outrageous it will rock the school and get even with his parents. And maybe, just maybe, he won’t be just Peck to Emily anymore. Emmy-winner Camryn Manheim (The Practice) costars in this smart and edgy coming of age comedy.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

In this charming comedy, scrawny high school geek Michael Peck forms an unlikely friendship with Emily, a gorgeous senior way out of his league. But soon Peck dreams up a daring science fair project that he hopes will win Emily over completely. Through a chance encounter he befriends Emily (Brie Larson), an attractive and popular senior at his school. They bond through their subsurface similarities, both are intelligent and posses a sharp tongue matched with a darkly funny evaluation of suburban life.

Peck’s character is what drives the film. He’s not your usual underdog kid who has no redeeming attribute whatsoever. He’s not that smart but he knows enough. Most of the time, he is very awkward; he doesn’t seem to be comfortable with what he’s doing. However, he’s someone who knows what to say and when to say it, something that catches Emily’s attention. Although its central character is a teenager, the presence of profanity and drug usage alone are enough clues that Just Peck is not your average movie about a kid. Instead, we are shown how a simple boy copes with growing up, and how we may have forgotten that it’s really not that simple.

The DVD comes with a trailer as its sole special feature. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, but it lacks any substantial punch-up. However, it’s just a drama about a couple of teens, so you don’t need a lot of material to really break the glass in your home theater. While I do like how many cast members from United States of Tara are in the flick, I still can’t let random fandom appreciation get in the way of the fact that it was just a very mediocre movie. Still, I’d have to recommend it as a casual rental.

RELEASE DATE: 09/13/2011

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