Owens and David are best friends, but even he questions his motifs and actions

[Review] Dirty Books (Fitch Fort Films, 2016)

“Desperate times call for desperate measures!” At least that’s what David (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7498419/?ref_=tt_cl_t1) thinks as his school gazette is to be shut down and is suppossed to be replaced by an online blog. This is something he just cannot accept for the printed edition is his life. He has the feeling that he hasn’t achieved anything substantial, he doesn’t feel like being accepted from his fellow students.
That’s why he tries to find a new story that will keep his dream alive and also bring him some honour. He seeks the help of his best friend Owens (Isaiah Lapierre), who keeps a journal of the things that happen in his life. About every little detail as it seems.
As even Owens has no big news to be reported, David takes the fate of his gazette into his own hands. An idea is born as he passes the magazine rack of a supermarket, that sets a whole series of events in motion…


Full movie “Dirty Books”

The movie “Dirty books” has the typical atmosphere of an eighties young adult comedy. Very often it reminded me of “The Wonder Years” or “My girl” – not from the issues it addresses, but from the way it is filmed and presented. Especially by the music, that is used.
David is a quite interesting character and might even be a mirror for one part of the reading and writing community our days. Many of us still love print and wouldn’t want the printed editions out of our shelves.
I really like David as he isn’t one of the “nerdy” guys, who just accepts his fate, but instead just gives everything to keep his gazette alive. That’s quite impressive. He even risks getting expelled – although he is a very good student.

I also liked the relationship to his best friend Owens. A friendly, but slightly weird character, that got me. I loved him, maybe even because of his habit of recording everything that happens around him. A secret is a secret written down in his journal. But he keeps secrets secret.
He seems destroyed, when his journal is stolen – as if a part of himself had been taken away. Brilliant.

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Charlotte (Ansley Berg) is the one character the viewer can’t stand. In the beginning I really felt sympathy for her – she as the sports reporter is being disparaged by the chief editor (who is a nerd). Topsy-turvy world. Ununsual for America it seems to me.
But yeah, maybe nerds and geeks rue the world of the written letters. Maybe. But not necessarily. Wouldn’t it be better if sports, feuilleton and news would get along quite well?

The character of the director (Timothy J. Cox) is quite likeable as well. Although the viewer never really knows, if he’s in favor of the protagonist or not.
In the end it doesn’t even matter – because David got what he wanted, feels great about it and feels recognized / remembered.

All in all a real “feel-good” movie with a lot of comical potential and very likeable characters.

Cast (in credits order, as can be found on IMDB)
Noah Bailey – David Burrough
Ansley Berg – Charlotte
Isaiah Lapierre – Owens
Timothy J. Cox – Dr. Bradley
Sierra Borden
Laura Campbell
Tyler Campbell
Lliam Carlton
Calvin Conant
Jack Conant
Amy Desrosiers
Sara DiPaolo
Alice Everhart
Chris Everhart
Peter Garbus
Sophie Garbus
Dante Giramma
David Gralenski
Chester Hardina-Blanchette
Kyra Holmes
Rebecca Hughes
Jonathan Hunt
Heather Jablonski
Kylie Kuhn
Kate Marion Lapierre
Noah Lapierre
Michaela Lindsey
Asia Litell
Amber Magin
Kylee Mason
Alice Murphy
Neva Newcombe
Danny Pelc
Rachel Pelc
Christine Perham
Thomas Perham
Kelly Stannard
Maggie Tirrell
Carly Yon

Directed by
Zachary Lapierre

Writing credits
Ian Everhart & Zachary Lapierre

Produced by
Christina Dunlop
Matt Rindini

Cinematography by
Ian Everhart

Film Editing by
Michael Kutsch

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Rindini

Art Department
Megan Provencial

Sound Department
Zachary Lapierre

Camera and Electrical Department
Elijah Rottenberg
Michael Shanahan

Music Department
Zachary Lapierre

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