anyone who is even remotely interested in the power of good indie film-making owes it to themselves to a better place. also, fans of teen angst films will find this to be as poignant & disturbing as anything they've seen before. the film opens up with a young man telling the story of how he moved to "a better place" after his father dies of an aneurism. we see the young gent's father on a ladder in the firs tmontage asking his son to bring the waterhose. when the waterhose is brought to the front of the house, the boy sees his father on the ground bleeding. in the next couple of scenes, we see our protagonist trying to fit in & earn respect a the new high school. on the first day, everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong. later on, he makes friends with a social outcast finding that he couldn't friends with anyone else. the social outcast has very little interest in anyone & fails to see the worth in most people. this is only the beginning of the film & the rest will literally blow your mind. this is defiantely not a film to view with impressional young minds but one could learn a great deal about teen angst & what things could cause columbine-related crises or tragedies. while this was financed or produced by kevin smith, a better place has very little in common with any smith film we've ever seen such as chasing amy or jay & silent bob strike back. there is nothing light-hearted or sweet about a better place & this does indeed rival "welcome to the dollhouse" & it's easy to see how it could be compared to "lord of the flies". very philosophical & very disturbing, this isn't a film you will forget too easily. again, this should be a part of your film collection if you are truly interested in seeing one of the best independent films ever made. please note, do not click eject on your dvd player until you've each & every deleted scene because this is some incredible material which should've been integrated back into the film in my opinion.