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About the Movie
Neil (Michael Johnston) is an introverted, questioning high school freshman. Lacking any real-world friends, he’s forced to work out his issues through the private erotica he writes about the popular sci-fi character, Vanguard. When he’s exposed in class, the slightly-older Julia (Hannah Marks) comes to his defense. An erotic fan fic writer herself, Julia pushes Neil to publish his stories to an online “adult” forum, where they quickly grab the attention of the site moderator, Denis (Michael Ian Black). When Neil is invited to present his work at a Comic Con live-read event, he has to face the fact that Denis’ interest may be more than simply professional... much like his own feelings for Julia. With a strong supporting cast including Missi Pyle (Galaxy Quest), Jessie Ennis (Better Call Saul) and Angela Kinsey (The Office), Slash finds the humor and humanity in places most of us would never dare to look.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 16
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An engaging comedy-drama about adolescent outsiders who dabble in fan-fiction while inventing themselves.
Fresh: The nerd-sexy coming-of-age tale the Internet age so desperately needs.
Fresh: Johnston and Marks are strong enough in their roles, crafting characters who express uncertainty and fear in vividly different ways, to make you believe their polarizing personalities truly draw confidence and meaning from each other.
Fresh: The weird world of slash -- same-sex, erotic online fan fiction -- is the focus of this delightful feature from writer-director Clay Liford.
Fun and honest depiction of questioning teens! Funny and true.
Hilarious, clever, and touching, this movie transcends the typical teenage coming of age story. Watch it ASAP!
We need more films like this!
This movie touches on so much more than your average teenage comedy. It doesn't merely acknowledge cultures and sub-cultures that aren't often represented in film, like "Oh, cool there's a non-cis/white/straight person, great." It shows the wonderful variation in everyone, rejects any easily assigned labels, and provokes us to ask ourselves questions about what makes us tick. I loved it!