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Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Eric Bogosian
Director of Photography:Lee Daniel
Editor:Sandra Adair
Music Supervisor:Randall Poster
Production Designer:Catherine Hardwicke
Producer:Anne Walker-McBay
Castle Rock; R; 118 minutes
Cast:Jayce Bartok, Amie Carey, Nicky Katt, Ajay Naidu, Parker Posey, Giovanni Ribisi, Samia Shoaib, Dina Spivey and Steve Zahn
Based on the play by Eric Bogosian

Deana Newcomb/Castle Rock
With venomous acuity, Linklater and Bogosian examine a malcontent group of 20 year olds in an Anywhere, U.S.A. strip-mall town. The underachievers, stuck in that void between high school and the real world, converge in a convenience-store parking lot to await the arrival of a high-school classmate, Pony (Bartok), who made the leap from playing folk songs at the prom to a record deal complete with amenities such as rooms at the Four Seasons, a stretch limo and a hot publicist (Posey). Pony's return and showy lifestyle spark tension and introspection, as the peers he left behind resent him for his success and realize that a life of slinging slices and stuffing boxes doesn't hold much promise. Linklater's spare style lets Bogosian's incisive wit dominate the character-driven film.

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