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Also, to whom it may concern, PLEASE RELEASE THIS MOVIE ON DVD!!! Thank you.
I remember hearing about this film when it first came out in theatres. It never occured to me that I should see this; I was a 14-year-old who was just starting high school. In that manner, the opportunity passed up. I wouldn't think of the film for another six years, until a reccomendation at this website rekindled my interest. I rented it, saw it, and was blown over. Angus Bethune, good at science and at fooball, is the punch line of school jokes. Rick Sanford, American can-do-ism at its worst. I thought I was seeing myself in that film, in the character of Angus Bethune. Yet, I didn't have weight problems, attitude, or bullies like he did. Why then did I sympathize?
Indeed, Angus is not like the other glut of teen films that came out well after it. In fact, one could argue it's the perfect anti-teen-film. It doesn't resort to superficial conventions nor does it go for the underlying cynicism. It takes the issues of alienation, loneliness, determination, and the need for direction in a world full of ideas and ideologies with heart, wit, humor, and accessibility.
Patrick Read Johnson (who did a marvelous job directing this film) did the right thing to deviate from the teen film construct and focus on the character-driven narrative. In an interview I read, he explained that teens were not pleased with this film, but older audiences enjoyed it. He then gives the reason: Teens want to be entertained; they don't want to be EXPOSED.
Many non-teens who have seen this film would concur. They remember those tumultuous, confusing times in high school, where they felt alone and ashamed. This film was a testament of those feelings.Read more ›
It is deceivingly complex... There is so much more going on in this movie than meets the eye. Granted, on the surface it is fairly simple, and most people could watch it and get the basic message, but there is more lurking under the surface. It is a realistic account of schools and the torture that many endure... we see the "cool" people for who they are, and we see that many of the cool people just hold up an image to be cool themselves. Everyone is weak and vulnerable here.
This is a wake up call to all of us. Schools have gotten worse since... now we don't see the fat kid yelling at the cool guy, we see the fat kid buying a gun and mowing down everyone at the freshman dance. This is a movie that school administrators should watch, so that they can see the real story instead of blindly reliving high school vicariously through the jocks.
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I'm actually watching the movie right now as I'm typing.. This movie is absoultely wonderful!! Although, how come I don't see Charlie Talbert in any other big movies? Anyways... Read morePublished on July 14 2004
I love this movie! This movie shows that there is no such thing as "normal" when it comes to people. Read morePublished on June 14 2004
Angus is about the fat kid that every class has (maybe you were that fat kid, who knows?). Although Angus, played by Charlie Talbert, is huge, he is very sensitive and sweet. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Elizabeth
this teen movie if so you might call it that way for having all those talented young actors otherwise you wouldnt have come to that conclusion is about a kid going thru different... Read morePublished on May 10 2004
Besides the fact that this movie is genuinely funny, I would recommend it for anyone with a pre-teen child. Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Austen Phanatic
What great movie this was. It always surprises me when the powers that be in Hollywood decide not to put any marketing dollars into a movie so that it won't be a smashing box... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
I loved this movie. I thought that the character of Angus was great! He made me laugh and he made me cry. Troy was the geek that everyone knows and you love him for it. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2002 by Christy
I recently watched the movie "Angus". I compared the movie to the story, I found out that some of the movie that I watched was changed around, like in the story Angus had parents... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002
the question i ask is why do i think the movie angus is a great film? now im not saying it is godfather great but for entertainment and heartwarming drama with good comedy makes... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by kevin levit