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The Dirties

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Matthew Johnson

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About the Movie

When two best friends team up to film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies, the exercise takes a devastating turn when one of them begins to think of it as more than a joke.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Remarkable as much for its insights as for its audacity, "The Dirties" approaches school violence with a comic veneer that slowly shades into deep darkness. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: A masterful blend of black humor and queasy dread ... – Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: The Dirties explores high school violence from a refreshingly original angle. – Zachary Wigon, Village Voice, Oct 1, 2013

Rotten: Technically cruddy and tiresome in its we've-seen-a-lot-of-movies dialogue ... – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, Oct 1, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Engrossing and Satisfying

One of the most engrossing and ultimately satisfying films from the last few years, couldn't get enough of it. Matt Johnson and Owen Williams are incredible, do yourself a favor and see this movie, you won't regret it!

Not A Horror Film

Matthew Johnson's film is not so much a thriller as it is an uncomfortable tragedy. Employing the device of two smart and creative budding high school filmmakers attempting to film a comedy for their film class. These two friends do not fit in with the "cool kids" and are constantly being bullied.

When their teacher wisely advices that the rough cut of their film is too profane and inappropriate for a high school film class, it seems to serve as a sort of tipping point for one of the two boys.

Hiding behind his warped sense of humor, the more grounded friend does not pick up on the signals that his pal is slipping into sociopathic tendencies.

To Johnson's credit, he never fully commits the movie to one genre. He fills the film with multiple (and clever references to iconic films) -- but most disturbing are the slight references to Gus Van Sant's dark cinematic poem of a Columbine-like tragedy and open references to Columbine itself.

Matthew Johnson plays the unhinged and angry character feels more than a little real. Owen Williams is even more so as the quieter and somewhat innocent friend. Both are grown men in their mid-twenties, but look to be about 16 to 17 years old. The rest of the cast is similarly effective.

This film leaves an impression. It is disturbing, sad, uncomfortable and hard to forget. Whether or not it can be called "entertaining" might be another sort of discussion. What is all-too clear is that this is closer to reality than one wants to admit. So many of the characters should have noticed the warning signs of a young person in need of help. At the same time, it is not without the realm of reason that it can be imagined how they would fail to notice. This film is a reminder that we all need to step back and “re-think” the way we look, listen and refuse to simply stand by when a child is being bullied.

Engender Discussion

We cannot ignore the problem of your culture. This movie is meant to make you think, and discuss the issues with other people. I want to be clear, this is a hard movie to watch. But, like all true art, it is needed in our culture. This movie is sensationalizing, isnt arrogant, isnt going to far. What this movie does is humanize some marginalized kids, and helps to show that they are real people. Poeple who need help. And you cant just put your head in the sand and ignore it anymroe.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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