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About the Movie
How to win friends: smuggle $300k of uncut cocaine into your snooty prep school. Based on the wild story of a teen drug trafficker who rocked headlines in 1984, this true crime caper stars Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Toby, a blue-collar scholarship student at an elite boarding school who finds an in with the cool crowd by supplying them with cocaine. But things spiral out of control when Toby goes from small-time dealer to international drug trafficker, culminating in a trip to Colombia and a daring deal with a cartel. Capturing the music, style, and burgeoning 'greed is good' ethos of the 1980s, The Preppie Connection is a stranger than fiction look at the price of popularity.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 1
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 5.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: This film fails even to evoke the '80s in costumes, soundtrack or other atmospherics.
Rotten: A dramatized real-life scandal of 1980s prep-school drug dealing plays like a tepid compilation of fictive cliches in The Preppie Connection.
Rotten: Nearly everything about "The Preppie Connection" - from the high-school class war to the flat, explanatory narration - has been cribbed from other, better films.
Rotten: Toby and co. come across as a pale, anti-intellectual imitation of the college-aged friends in Donna Tartt's The Secret History - a novel that explores the roots of its characters' moral recklessness rather than just chalking it up to teenage feelings.
Love and its absence is the drug that drives this movie
The two lead actors in this movie Lucy Fry and Thomas Mann are destined for greatness. Their faces mirror the trajectory of the story. The subtle changes in their faces as they move from innocence to despair highlights a generation lost in space.
But, this movie is not about drugs. It's about alienation, emptiness, and the isolation that shows the flip side to all the superficial success of today's reality worlds . Unlike many other movies the cocaine usage is not glorified or demonized in and of itself, it is as shallow as the emotional life of the characters. The most sexualized scene is when Alex is on the bus with her boyfriend touching his body but having sex with Toby as she locks her eyes on him. There is a moment she grabs Ellis as if to show Toby she is grabbing him while Ellis is hopelessly clueless about how much Alex is not in love with him.
But Alex is only a cipher, in love with no one, not Ellis, not Toby and not herself. Like the Cocaine itself, an empty vehicle that blows away like dust. The fact that Toby never sees Alex again is a metaphor for the coke itself.
The only true love in the movie is Toby's father's love towards Toby. The lack of parental love and affection is the biggest force in the movie, which I think causes the suicide death of the girl, the underlying reason for Toby being in a world he does belong in and the source of the money that allows the rampant drug used. By not throwing in a cliched scene of rich parents partying, the absence of the parents love is driven home by their absence in the movie.
And Toby's mother, who somehow thinks she can reclaim the glory of her German family's past manipulates her son into going to this school where he knows he does not belong And she gets her way by sulking into a dark depression that only Toby can cure by capitulating to his mother's dreams. Another parent who's self obsession leads her child astray.
And the one good character, the righteous drug dealer, who protects Toby from a beating, gives Toby back his money, and who tries to stop Alex from being kidnapped is unceremoniously knifed to death without him even being shown dying a righteous death, all we see are the kidnappers as they knife him to death, and then in a darkened alleyway room, two anonymous drug zombie men, don't rat out the Americans.
All in all the movie keeps you involved. MmhjkkThe actors are perfectly cast, seeing Alex's good looks fade away like Lindsey Lohan, until she literally disappears, is almost like a bellwether of the movie's trajectory. Ellis's decline from the king of the preppy universe to a beaten down, pathetic loser, is almost shakespearean. His pathological betrayal of all his friends, his revenge on Toby and Alexis is mirrored in his face. By the end of the movie, his handsome face has turned into a psychotic Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in Batman Begins
And how great was the ending with the real life, model handsome Toby, as he talks about the five minutes before his bust and the five minutes after the bust, and then instead of showing redemption or reflection on his bad ways, he embraces the
the entirety of his descent by even saying he misses Ellis.
Enjoyed the movie... and Lucy Fry
A well done story and solid, fun movie. The writing is great and acting wonderful.